2019 Daylight USA
WOMEN OF KUWAIT
Finalist in the 2019 Lucie Photo Book Award in the Independent Prize category; acquired by the Getty Research Institute and the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and featured in Rolling Stone, Hyperallergic, Musee, Columbia University's School of Arts, and more.
Genre: Collaboration: Photography & Vignettes
In Women of Kuwait, Maha Alasaker (Kuwaiti visual artist) and Nada Faris (Kuwaiti writer and performance poet) joined forces to represent modern-day Kuwaiti women to a Western audience.
When Maha moved to New York, she learned that the everyday American had no conception of what daily life is like for women in modern-day Kuwait. Seeking to address this, she began making portraits of women in their bedrooms in 2015 and asking about their lives. In 2018, she contacted Nada Faris, who interviewed the 25 women and wrote ekphrastic vignettes to accompany the photographs.
This intimate collection of portraits and vignettes provides a never-before-seen look at what it means to be a young woman in Kuwait.
2018 Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press Qatar
15 Funny Tales Based on Real Events
Genre: Young Adult, Humor & Short Stories
Mischief Diary, a collection of fifteen short stories ‘based’ on real events, is not your average Young Adult book. Funny, powerful, intense, and simultaneously lighthearted, Mischief Diary takes readers on a journey that addresses different issues with humor and laughter as guides.
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2016 Vine Leaves Press Australia
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Awards
Genre: Single Author Poetry & Prose Collection
Concerned with endings, resonances, and aftermaths, Fountain of Youth explores the mediation of an Arab female poet on the brink of change, documenting moments of transformation from adolescence to adulthood, from the immature stage of a mental disorder to its mature form, and from post-colonial conditions that led to the creation of a comfortable welfare state to globalization and its repercussions.
Specifically, Fountain of Youth questions what it means to be human after the global triumph of neoliberalism—and how our revision will help us rethink our ideas about youth/growth in the Middle East.