Born in Cairo in 1974, Yasmine Chatila is best-known for her controversial photography series Stolen Moments, which made headlines throughout New York City when it exhibited at Edelman Arts in the Fall of 2008. Chatila is fascinated by the humanity of the anonymous people that city dwellers encounter on a daily and even hourly basis. In her show Stolen Moments, Chatila captured intimate personal experiences of the faceless, nameless urbanites which inhabit New York City. Through patient surveillance, zoom lenses, and a strong fascination with those intangible relationships, Chatila revealed that what is intended to be hidden is exposed, mundane actions become, at once, heroic, and the armor we all wear outside the sanctity of home comes off revealing rarely seen aspects of human nature.
In addition to Chatila’s photographic series, she has created various collages, all centered on the artist’s personal thoughts and feelings of pop culture, war, the environment, and religion. Her second show Reveries & Delusions exhibited at Edelman Arts in the Summer of 2011. Currently residing and working in New York City, Chatila graduated with a Master’s in photography from Columbia University School of Arts in 2002 and is the recipient of numerous awards including a Columbia fellowship and Tag Heuer grant.
(artist’s website – http://www.yasminechatila.com/)