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Nour Jaouda at the Biennale Arte di Venezia 2024

The Ruskin is proud to announce that alumna Nour Jaouda's work has been selected for the Biennale Arte di Venezia this year! It can be viewed in the International Exhibition 'Stranieri Ovunque - Strangers Everywhere' curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

Nour Jaouda, 'Roots in the sky', 2024. 2024 250 x 300cm Hand-dyed textile, Steel

Nour Jaouda, 'Roots in the sky', detail

Nour Jaouda (BFA 2018) is a Libyan artist based between London and Cairo. Her large-scale textile pieces, created by layering richly coloured hand-dyed pieces of fabric, can be seen at the Corderie, one of the Arsenale venues, as part of the Curator's International Exhibition in Venice: 

"Fig trees belonging to the artist's grandmother in Benghazi, Libya, lend their poetic impetus for the three textiles displayed in the Biennale. Strongly attached to place, trees hold and embody memories. Jaouda recreates their botanical elements through cloth she deconstructs, dyes in earthen tones, and resews into sculptural tapestries. She draws from the personification of olive trees by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in conceptualisation and title. Threading these works are notions of rootlessness and resilience, destruction and  regeneration, and timelessness. The vegetal dyes possess their own force and unpredictability to activate the work. Jaouda's sumptuously layered fabrics reverberate with colours at once deep and ethereal, shadowy and luminescent, as infinitely texture as memory itself."

-Excerpt from a text by Jessica Gerschultz

The Biennale Arte di Venezia is open until 24th November, 2024

For more information on the Biennale, please visit the website.