Lahd Gallery artist Shurooq Amin has created a collection of paintings which is based on a raw exploration of modern Arabian Gulf society, to reveal the hidden truths behind the lives of society girls in Kuwait.
The artist explores the polarity between the East and West, the idea which underpins her images. While the images do not profess to demean or criticise, nor to glorify and exaggerate, they are subtly satirical, however, in juxtaposing traditional with contemporary elements. They depict the girls in their embellished, fashionable state, an emblematic prototypical portrayal in which there tends to be a “sameness” of identity, expressing their individual sensual eroticism.
Unrelenting and inevitably controversial, the collection explores the darker depths of society’s suppression and the fragility of human nature, in a critical analysis of a group of women who choose to live their lives on their own terms. Each of the paintings will finally be shot with a small Hornet bullet, from an M16 sniper gun, providing an allegory of society’s murder of a woman’s sensuality and passion.
Shurooq Amin is one of Kuwait’s most eminent contemporary artists. She is also an Anglophone poet, a certified interior designer and a professor at Kuwait University.