Nora's ClothAn Ibsen Scholarship Winner How we dress ourselves today reflects a multitude of attitudes towards liberation and that freedom is the knowledge of ourselves. Nora’s Cloth is an Ibsen Scholarship awarded art installation project. Gender roles, traditional clothing, education and faith are broad themes of the year-long study. Inspired by passages in the third act of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the project Nora’s Cloth explores young women from Khartoum, Sudan living at home or in Nordic countries. The installation includes a collection of videos, portraits and silk-screen prints displayed in association with a studio table installation of the artist’s process. Using photography, mixed media and video, I aimed to present a work of art that depicts portraits of women and their voices, creating a conversation about their sense of self. This work looks at the presence or absence of the symbol of hijab or traditional clothing, with the backdrop of Islam, thereby showcasing contemporary Sudanese women’s perspectives as a way of introducing or reintroducing audiences to the feminine. As a young Muslim woman, I have explored my place in society and the home, much like Ibsen’s Nora. Travelling between the global north and south throughout much of my young life has encouraged a self-reflexive habit. The representation of mixed heritages, misconceptions and stereotypes of Muslim women among the international community have been investigated through the development process of the project. Exhibitions: May 2014 W3 Gallery, London, UK. January 2014 Match Stick Museum, Jönköping, Sweden. November 2013 CMI, Bergen, Norway. February 2013 Konsthögskolan, Stockholm, Sweden. Journal of Nora’s Cloth exhibitions 2012-2014… May 2014: The W3 Exhibit in London was well received! W3 exhibit of Nora’s Cloth 05/2014 Thank you London! I was interviewed at the exhibition by BBC radio who walked through the installation with me. Super yay! Spring 2014: Nora’s Cloth opens for a week-long run at London’s W3 Gallery on May 6th! Nora’s Cloth in London will include photos of family in the British capital spanning from 1954 through the 1980s. Sudanese women and their fashion are not a new addition to London’s diverse population. January 02 2014: Catch the one-day group exhibition featuring Nora’s Cloth videos in Jönköping, Sweden! Nora’s Cloth videos are a part of a group exhibition by Swedish and international artists from Mejan (KKH). The exhibition is being held at the Matchstick Museum in Jönköping, a city historically known for its matchstick industry. #Sudan What is your relationship to cloth? Talking about the fabric of our lives. #NorasCloth continues to tour. https://t.co/QtnpTbrFQG — Issraa El-Kogali (@ElKogali) January 2, 2014 Fall 2013: Nora’s Cloth is a mixed media art installation project. October 2013, Nora’s Cloth was shown in Bergen, Norway for one week. Sneak peak for those who can’t be here #NorasCloth #CMI #Sudan #Norway @ CMI – Chr. Michelsen Institute http://t.co/PvBqciD55A — Issraa El-Kogali (@ElKogali) October 23, 2013 #NorasCloth #Ibsen #MadeByIssraa at #CMI #Sudan in #Norway @ Bergen Resource Center http://t.co/vklyeRGM95 — Issraa El-Kogali (@ElKogali) October 21, 2013 January 2013: On February 13, 2013, Nora’s dress rehearsal previewed at KKH for a week as a test run. Here is a teaser… Nora’s Cloth Mock Fashion Self Portraits In the photo, the artist wears Sudanese clothes on Stockholm’s fashion street Biblioteksgatan. More photos of the installation’s dress rehearsal are posted on Made By Issraa. Techniques explored at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm during the first half of 2012 were previewed at Open Studios a student exhibition at KKH’s main building in Skeppsholmen. See video for a preview. Nora’s Cloth is supported by an Ibsen Scholarship. For more on the project and to arrange exhibitions, please contact me.