Raeda Saadeh is a photographer, performance and installation artist, whose works are collected by several public institutions in Europe, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Saadeh was born in 1977 in Umm Al Fahem, Palestine and lives in Jerusalem, and a recurring character in her work is a woman living under occupation – both physical and psychological. She could be called the Cindy Sherman of the Middle East, as she uses her body as the basis for her art, designing the costumes and playing the characters.
The resulting artworks reflect an evaluation of the self and her surroundings, conveying submission and revolt. Saadeh is concerned with issues that “occupy” her individual spirit and the realities of daily life, political and personal. In her first solo exhibition in London, visitors can see her recent series based on well-known children’s fairy tales. For these images, Saadeh sets the scene in eerily deserted, occupied cities in Palestine.
The images convey the atmosphere of living with curfews, under occupation, surrounded by destroyed Palestinian houses. Poignant or witty, they portray the Palestinian experience in the most visually striking way.
An illustrated monograph on Raeda Saadeh, edited by Rose Issa and including essays by Victoria Brittain and Aida Nasrallah, will be published in March 2012.