The Hague, NL
“Mustafa toys with unspeakable truths of his home-country Somaliland, tactfully laying technicolour graphics over imagery to develop mysterious counter-narratives.“
Marrying poetic symbolism with socio-political critique, Mustafa Saeed (b. 1989, Somaliland) explores issues of war and conflict. A self-taught graphic designer and photographer, Saeed has spent the past seven years experimenting with digital manipulation, creating vibrant silhouettes which draw on the vivid palette of his home country. Rich textiles used in traditional costumes, garish home decor and neon advertisements are juxtaposed against grey, concrete landscapes. In 2014, he participated in the Addis Foto Fest, in Ethiopia, where he exhibited the series Home in Me. This project portrayed the transition he underwent upon leaving Saudi Arabia at the age of thirteen to return to Somalia.
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