Image credit: Mwika Bulaya

A student at Islington Mill Art Academy has had her artwork selected for the Manchester Open Exhibition 2020.

Hanaa Cara, will be one of over 500 residents from Greater Manchester, whose artwork will be displayed at HOME Theatre.

The chosen piece is called ‘The Reflection of Self’ which explores rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep), mental health and heritage

She said: “It was a combination of REM sleep and dreaming. I wanted to think about the relationship of the body [and sleep], which is what a lot of my work is inspired by.

“I did a lot of research into the scientific background of sleep and how it can affect you.”

‘The Reflection of Self’ is part of the last exhibition created by Hanaa at Islington Mill called: ‘Welcome to the Dream Factory’.

The 26-year-old artist draws inspiration from performance artist such as Marina Abramović, and Ukrainian-American filmmaker, Maya Deren.

Islington Mill Art Academy (IMAA) is based at Islington Mill in Salford. The programme encourages artists from all backgrounds to attend.

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Hanaa said: “I came to the school a year ago, I hadn’t thought of doing art practice full time or even meant to be an artist.

“I’ve had lots of mentors throughout the year as well and lots of support from them. This all was really vital and important for me in continuing my journey as an artist.”

The HOME exhibition will run from 18 January 2020 until 29 March 2020.

Image credit: Mwika Bulaya

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