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Fleeting Moments 7, digital print, 2023

Maryam Picken

In-between Days

Painting & Printmaking

Through the exploration of photography, I look at the compositions that surround me. Growing up with liminal cultures and identities, the habit of observing and capturing fleeting moments became a tool for navigating familiarity in different places, such as Qatar, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia – three areas that make up my identity. There are expectations of me to be familiar with these places. Yet, I am an outsider, creating my own familiar motifs through the mundane, which is a usual internal conflict for people who grew up in multicultural households. The repetition of taking similar images in cars, through windows, shadows, and reflections transforms into a meditative action that integrates with my memory and examines the control I have in reclaiming parts of my identity.