Aya Al Gergawy and the Girl and the Sea.

Aya Al Gergawy is an artist that was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, she is interested in film making and storytelling. Through her work, she tries to deliver a message from the society she lives in.

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What influenced you to start being creative?

To me, life, in general, is a huge piece of art, and for one to understand it, they should focus on one specific thing. Thus, everything around us inspires me to create more and more art, beginning with nature to the conflict and wars around us. We are products of our society shaped in different ways.

Telling a story and being able to help solve a problem using art is what attracted me the most to become an artist. I am interested in people’s stories and cultures and I always try to engage that in my work. Along with that comes presenting those gaieties. Film making and the processes involved within the latter contributes to the pleasure of designing beyond ambition.

What message do you want to give through your art work?

Unity, and simplicity and that art should be acceptable for everyone, that everyone can access art no matter their background.

My themes always vary from time to time. Depending on the events that are happening around us. Women empowerment is one of the most important themes that I believe in.

What inspired this piece?

I have been to events organized by ReConnecing Arts and I was encouraged to submit my work.

This video in particular, when I think of “peaceful and calm”, words that come to mind are: tranquil, centred and serene. I also think of a series of “R” words including restful, resourceful, relaxed, responsive, and ready. The girl represented in the short film is the princess of the ocean and the owner of the area that has a special bond to the sea and sand, while the setup that surrounds her represents her home, her domain.

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