Fatma Abu Rumi -
"Between Sorrow & Beauty"
Guest Curator: Farid Abu-Shakra Artistic Director: Rachel Hasson
The tragic condition of Arab women is the central issue in Fatma Abu Rumi’s visual works. Though many of the portraits are self-portraits, Abu Rumi is not talking about herself but about all of the Arab women.
She expresses her resistance to the oppression and social immobility, and remonstrates against the conventions that prevent women from speaking or acting without the permission of their guardian, lord, husband, or family elder.
The veil (hijab), decorated and ornamented with sparkling zircons, serves here as a symbol of the barriers placed on women by society, a covering that keeps women out of sight and palpably displays the contrast and mutual presence of beauty and pain.
In Abu Rumi’s works, an ocean of beauty conceals a variety of wrongs, stormy rage and inner resistance. With her exacting aesthetics, a sensitive palette, rich textures and an expert hand, the artist hurls viewers from sorrow to joy, bitterness to sweetness, splendor to discoloration, fiction to reality – and in so doing declares war.
Portraits of her father serve the artist when she wants to take the role of the patriarch over the edge and likens him to a deposed king or a man who has lost his force, with his glance turned downward and a womanly scarf covering his face.
In her paintings she succeeds in conveying her sense of herself as a woman, and her incisive stance against the deprivation of women and against men’s ownership over them. Her brave, revealing, rebelliously beautiful work raises social critique so as to build a better society.
Biography of the artist
Fatma Abu Rumi, was born in Tamra, located in the western Galilee, in 1977. She started her artistic path with sketching and painting classes, and then found a job as an assistant in a sculpturing studio.
In 1998, Abu Rumi graduated as a practical engineer from "Mar-Elias" College, located in I'billin, and continued her studies at "Oranim – Academic College of Education" (2001-2005), where she was awarded an excellence scholarship of creation for her final project. This event was the opening sign for the upcoming years, and lead to more awards and scholorships.
Upon graduating, Abu Rumi participated in many group exhibitions (2005-2011), and in 2011 presented her first solo exhibition, "Personal Story", at the Art Gallery in Umm al-Fahem.
Nowadays, Fatma Abu Rumi showcases her second solo exhibition – "Fatma Abu Rumi – Between Pain & Beauty" in the Museum for Islamic Art.
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