How do we tell our life’s stories to ourselves?
Last night my dear friend @munira.alsayegh
led a meditation / visualization where the artist @shaikhasees
is currently creating an introspective and thought-provoking community space for the holy month of Ramadan. This was followed by a casual suhoor where the (mostly female Emirati) guests discussed identity, individualization, creation, tolerance, acceptance, faith, and more.
It was a beautiful environment to explore one another’s thoughts. Later, as Shaikha took me around explaining how each work on the walls represents a personal memory and self-reflection she asked the cohesive question that motivates the works: How do we tell our life’s stories to ourselves?
What a meaningful concept- to deeply reveal the ways in which we play narrator, director, editor, and star in our own performance. In rumination we create truth and actualize dreams by weaving threads of reality and perception. We try to comprehend and feign clarity from the opaque blend of influence- nature, nurture, culture, koolaid, power, powder- that makes the “me.”
And just as there is diverse external versions of all of our “me”s- to the world, to the web, in bed or with friends- with family, to our country, to those who lead and the others that follow, as statistics, anecdotes, and examples of one part that feels small to us but big for their purposes.... there are also the many ways we can be “me” and infinite ways we can believe “me” and somewhere between and all through those we find the story that feels right- for now- until it’s wrong.
📸 by the artist herself @shaikhasees