Nasrin Abu Baker (1977) lives and works in Germany and Israel. A graduate of the Beit Berl College of Arts, she completed her Masters Degree in Art in 2021 at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. In recent decades she exhibited in numerous venues in Israel and abroad, among them the Umm al-Fahm Gallery, Ramat Gan Museum, DOX Center in Prague, Beit Hagefen in Haifa and Artists’ House in Jerusalem. She has also participated in a large number of residencies, such as Quartier Museum in Vienna, Austria. Recently she won the Neustart Kultur Scholarship to Promote Artists in Germany.
About the work
The painting was produced in Leipzig, where the artist has lived in recent years. Abu Baker dismantles spaces and landscapes and reassembles them through simple shapes, colors and emphasized lines laid aggressively on the raw cloth. Within the territory thus created she integrates various symbols dealing with the encounter between feminine and masculine, east and west, and body and space. Together they allow wandering through potential and diverse identities. Abu Baker usually begins the works based on classical western painting traditions with one central figure in which she implants eastern symbols such as the red moon, ornamental frames, and the circular shape. The female figure found isolated within deserted urban space is in a kind of internal quiet that raises thoughts on the spaces of identity, isolation and belonging.
Artist’s website: www.facebook.com/nasrinab