Tasnim Baghdadi is a young artist on a quest for her identity. In her work Tasnim refers to the clash between modernity and tradition, that not only the young generation in the Middle East, but also young Muslims in general constantly deal with.

image Tasnim Baghdadi / Courtesy of the Artist

Tasnim uses photography and digital illustrative elements to deal with the issues of the female and political/ideological identities of young Muslims. An example is her recent series of illustrative photographs entitled 'Tribal Mysticism' with special references to the recent Arab Spring revolts. The artist places her self-portraits in a tribal, Middle-Eastern context, using a pop-art, comic and surrealist approach.

The artist's goal is to show the formation and possibility of multiple identities. Baghdadi feels the gap between the two different cultures that she belongs to and wants to challenge the perception of Muslim identity in the West, gender identity and identity in general. On a subliminal level, fear and a feeling of alienation are constantly present in Western communities while dealing with Muslim issues. The young artist is trying to find her path by examining stereotypes and presenting her own point of view.

Tasnim Baghdadi, in addition to studying for her Masters’ degree in Asian and Islamic Art History with a focus on the Middle East art and architecture, also works as a freelance artist in the fields of digital illustration, graphic design, and photography.

We are here presenting Tasnim's three series: 'Tribal Mysticism', 'Tribal Meal' and 'First World Problems.'

image Tasnim Baghdadi / Tribal Mysticism - Fatima saved my Alter Ego / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / Tribal Mysticism - Higher Power / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / Tribal Mysticism - Judging You / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / Tribal Meal I / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / Tribal Meal II / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / Tribal Meal III / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / First World Problems I / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / First World Problems II / Courtesy of the Artist

image Tasnim Baghdadi / First World Problems III / Courtesy of the Artist

One of Tasnim's works from the “Tribal Mysticism” series is being featured on Muslima: Muslim Women´s Art and Voices, an exhibition organized by the International Museum of Women. She also recently participated in the fellowship program of MOCAfellows 2013 and in the exhibition and live performances of the 6th International Art Festival MOCAfest 2013 during the 9th WIEF in Excel London.

See more of Tasnim´s work.


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