Fatima Mortada is a Lebanese artist who graduated from the Lebanese University with a first class honors diploma in Fine Arts in 2007. In 2009, she moved to the UK to pursue higher education at the University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art, where she got a distinction in her masters of Fine Art in 2010, and a full three years scholarship for the PhD program. Being exposed to the contemporary art scene in the UK, Mortada realized her inclination to address issues of identity and conflict that refer to her social background: The Middle East. She has been experiencing a wide range of techniques and materials from drawing, printmaking and painting to sculpture, installation, film, knitting and sewing. She has participated in several group exhibitions in Lebanon, the UK and France including Beirut Art Fair, Art Paris and London14. Her solo exhibition “Labyrinth” showed in Mark Hachem Gallery in Beirut in 2014.
In her words, “I believe that every work of art that involves a human figure is a work that tells a story. Hence, by using different visual approaches of presenting the body in my works, I transform into a storyteller. These approaches are most convenient to the nomadic and open quality of my art. I am not fixed to one medium of expression such as painting. I prefer drawing to painting and sometimes drawing does not feel enough to depict the sensation or the concept I try to capture. Lately, I am interested in threads, sewing, knitting, weaving, and finding interesting theoretical underpinning of my practice in the mythology of weaving and knitting and their relation to women and gender roles.”