Ebtihal Shedid is an exhibiting artist with Lois Bielefed.
Artists Statement on Reciprocity
Lois Bielefed and Ebtihal Shedid met for the first time at SFCamerawork two years ago. Since then they have started a regular exchange. While they come from different backgrounds, in their practices both have been considering family and memory. In 2019 they both started their MFAs and since then there has been a reciprocity through sharing ideas, work, and headspace. As a queer feminist, Lois has been attempting to create space through making to negotiate difference with her conservative Evangelical family.
Ebtihal’s dad was denied a visa to come visit her in the States and since then she has been thinking about finding a way to invite her dad to San Francisco. “You have no reason to go back” is a piece that invites her father to come to the States. The reciprocal threads in their work enable them to develop conversations about memory, family, and belonging further.
Artist Bio for Ebtihal Shedid
Ebtihal Shedid is a self-taught Egyptian photographer based in San Francisco. She is currently a grad student at the California College of the Arts exploring the intersections of photography, sculpture, collage, and installation. Shedid comes from a background of linguistics, translation, and intercultural communication, and is interested in topics surrounding how language shapes the way we see and interprets ideas such as storytelling, belonging, and attachment.
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