Nura Husseini is a Chicago-based designer, artist, curator, and educator from Ramallah, Palestine, and a recent graduate with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Communication Design. Her interdisciplinary work centers on the relationship between identity and space/time, and breaks down and simultaneously reconfigures the ideological architectures that shape our daily lives, and ancestral identities. She focuses specifically on her personal experiences as a Palestinian-American, Muslim, White-passing woman grappling with multiple identities. Having grown up in a a politically-tense environment, she attempts to deconstructing enforced neo-colonial ideologies within her creative practice.
Her practice acts as a channel for self and world-discovery. Nura works mainly in design, but spans across various media—including textile, artists’ books, print, installation, and sculpture—in an attempt to understand the complexities of the human experience. Much of her work centers on the intersection of identity, memory, fantasy, and belonging, all stemming from a socio-political perspective. She explores and works with traditional crafts and artistic customs, and how they are used in building cultural narratives. She is interested in seeing how traditional craft-making has been preserved and how it can evolve into a contemporary practice of storytelling.
Nura has a passion for the collaborative creative process. She believes that the best design comes from the understanding and observation of human experience and interaction.
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