Hend Samir superimposes layers of desire, adventure and fantasies onto seemingly ordinary familial contexts. Using acrylic paints on canvas, she constructs her scenes like a collage, mixing elements from personal family photos or those of strangers, magazines and internet imagery.
She engages with contrasts as her work re-visits innocence and scandal, hedonistic encounters are juxtaposed with idyllic family gatherings, and everyday gestures become theatrical and staged.
The theatrically of her compositions seeps into the characters psyche, as her characters ‘act normal’ with an awareness of being viewed, like reality shows. The artist plays director, telling stories that are not hers but inevitably reflect parts of her. Between panoramic scenes that reveal everything at once, and selectively framing smaller scenes like close-ups, she creates a world of skewed daydreams that lurks just beneath the familiar.
Another undercurrent in her work explores the various forms of adventures that can be sought in urban spaces with confined resources, chasing the spirit of children making fortresses out of bed sheets. The physicality of these little adventurous activities, their randomness, and penchant for absurdity are captured within a timeless space, where old and contemporary images are cards in the same game. Her maze-like compositions invite the viewer to maneuver and engage in that layer of playfulness.