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Within the Walls looks at the way in which nature is collected and represented within the domestic space. The images employ a quiet and introspective gaze, carefully observing the measure of containment and control over nature in these environments. As the home expanded from a simple shelter to escape the elements, into a farther removed, more complex and personalized space, we continuously found methods to stay connected to nature.
By using my own imagery and text curated from travel postcards, I explore this connection, as well as the relationship between written and visual language. Both the images and text pieces evoke a sense of longing while at the same time offering glimpses—either conjured by words, or revealed photographically—of relief and comfort. The integration of these text vignettes with the photographs allows for a deeper consideration of our relationship, both to the spaces we inhabit and the spaces for which we long.
Nina Ramadan received an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia in 2010. Her work often explores themes of domesticity, nature, memory, and the relationship between written and visual language. She currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.