Yasmeen Nematt Alla is an Egyptian-Canadian artist with a BA in Fine Arts and Business from the University of Waterloo. Her artistic practice approaches immigration and refugee narratives from a translator’s perspective. As someone who lives between cultures, she attempts to decipher the language barriers that are attached to alienation. This extends to creating gestures of care and empathy, ones that are founded in exploring solitary experiences and discovering points of connection within them. She explores experiences in race, immigration, privilege, and nostalgia while considering how to bridge the gap between what we know and what we wish to understand. These gestures of care manifest in sculptural, performative, and installation forms, employing text and kinetics. Her experience stems from being an immigrant living in the 21st century and the context carried as a dual citizen struggling to survive in the current political climate. Entranced by the power of text and its ability to dialogue with the onlooker, she creates sentences that act as portraits for herself and those who share similar circumstances.
When she isn't creating art, she is a graphic designer who creates accessible designs and freelance branding for NGOs and start-ups. You can find her performing spoken word or crying about fictional characters.