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Danielle Boghanim

About the Artist

Danielle Boghanim (b.1985, France, lives and works in London, United Kingdom) is a practicing artist incorporating printmaking, painting, drawing and embroidery in her work. Her background in graphic design has informed the way she engages with language and a well marked use of colour. She explores the tension between what is known, taught, felt and what is hidden, suppressed or re-arranged. Coming from a mixed cultural heritage, her mother born in Czech Republic and father born in Tunisia, Boghanim is interested in the construction, deconstruction and re-modelling of identities within Western societies. As a result, her approach is layered and an ongoing investigation using various processes and techniques.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School, New York in 2009. In 2016, she trained at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace and at Ecole Lesage in Paris to further develop her embroidery skills. She is currently enrolled at the Royal College of Art in London pursuing her MA in the Print department. She is due to graduate in October 2022.

About Artist’s Work:

How much in us is authentic? What aspects are inherited through literature, education and tradition? And how does our internal world process this information?

My work investigates these questions daily. Informed by my own multicultural background, I am interested in recording and revealing the criss-cross of personal identities and effectively how this builds the fabric of our times. Our individual experiences are woven into the societal structures in which we live in. So how do we matter, exist and feel safe? Or how do we not?

My practice is multidisciplinary and my process layered and transformative. In my countless notebooks and on my phone, I collect words, sentences, book extracts that stay with me. I also fill pages with my own internal chatter. These snippets provide the grounds of my work. I then move onto the more physical part of my practice and start by painting and drawing on acetate. Next, I bring these gestural marks into my silkscreen printing practice. This forms new material that l repurpose at a later stage. Back in the studio, I reshuffle and patchwork these personal recordings using stitching and hand embroidery. This final stage allows me to sit with the work and intellectualise it. Embroidery has a meditating aspect that helps me engage with the work before parting with it.

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