Header Image: "Untitled #1", 2021. Charcoal and graphite on pastel paper.
There is something mesmerizing about Mona Taha’s depiction of the human body. With nothing but her charcoal, she captures contemplative moments of the woman in her work. Born in Uganda to an Egyptian father and Rwandanese mother, Taha explores the role that she is expected to follow. What does it mean to be a Muslim woman, wife, mother, and daughter?
The way Taha renders limbs is mesmerizing. At times, it feels like we are intruding on a private moment of contemplation. Especially as a Muslim woman, the mere exposure of skin above the ankle is a forbidden act. But these drawings serve as more of a reclamation of her body and rejoicing in her presence in the world.