Arab women artists talk to MEE about breaking stereotypes, pushing boundaries and succeeding where politicians have failed
"I make autobiographical works about my identity and childhood, but I am rarely featured in it. I am always the observer rather than the one being observed," ElKalaawy said.
ElKalaawy says that the West only shows interest in the Middle East, including Egypt, her country of origin, in times of unrest, rather than for its art and cultural scene.
I noticed my homeland and the Middle East in general do not really matter to the world other than at times of crisis
- Nada ElKalaawy, artist
“When I relocated to the West, I noticed my homeland and the Middle East in general do not really matter to the world other than at times of crisis,” ElKalaawy said. “I feel responsible for showing the Western world what the place I come from looks like and to share the Egypt I know with others."