As of today, two weeks remain until the call for entries for the Aesthetica Art Prize draws to a close. We’re continuing our countdown to 31 August with a run-down of artists longlisted for last year’s Prize focusing on Dareen Hussein’s Xochitl, longlisted for Photographic & Digital Art.
Qatar-born American artist Dareen Hussein is a Fine Art photographer living and working in Los Angeles, California. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Photography at Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography and the A. Smith Gallery. Using Los Angeles as a backdrop, she utilises photography as an unspoken language that seeks to communicate ideas of the human condition and the inevitability of isolation.
Xochitl is an image taken from Hussein’s photographic series Inertia, which addresses the artist’s own challenges with the age-old cultural ideals of “home.” Using the main theme of estrangement, Inertia portrays the paradoxical effects that one’s home can have on an individual.
Through the series, light is shed on the notion of the household being only a temperamental place of comfort and security – ultimately serving as a period, rather than a place, in a person’s life, during which roots are set down and character is established. Hussein recognizes that there comes a point at which the yearning to leave home is at its strongest, but the willingness is not there due to the permanence that “home” represents for an individual in America’s culture. Inertia is a highly personal reflection and one which the artist considers as her most successful work to date.
Don’t forget to enter your work into this year’s Art Prize before 31 August www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize
1. Dareen Hussein, Xochitl. Aesthetica