Hi, I'm Nama.
I received my BFA in photography from Cleveland Institute of Art. Upon graduating, I had the opportunity to curate an exhibition, Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam at Cleveland State University Art Gallery. I moved to Ann Arbor, MI, to start a doctoral program in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan. Along the way, I photographed mosques in the Metro-Detroit area for Building Islam in Detroit project; co-curated Creative Dissent: Arts of Arab World Uprisings; contributed to MOMA’s Design and Violence exhibition; published a collage-essay in Designo14; and started a photo-essay on motherhood, which is ongoing.
I am currently writing my dissertation, Media War: Alternative Media Practices in Cairo Egypt, which examines how Egyptian youth are participating in a "media war" by producing online content that highlights social issues. My scholarly work focuses on media anthropology, politics and aesthetics, and expressive culture. I work young people in Egypt, as well as with Muslim and Arab Americans in the United States. My research, teaching, and art practice are motivated by the power of storytelling.
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