Nayab Ikram (b. 1992) is a photographer and visual artist from The Åland Islands of Pakistani descent,
currently based in Turku. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culture and Arts, majoring in
photography from Novia University of Applied Sciences, Jakobstad in 2015. Ikram has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Europe. She has exhibited her work at the Åland Islands Art Museum, Finland (2018), the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, Belgium (2017), at Rotterdam Photo Festival, The Netherlands (2017) and Moderna Museet, Sweden (2016). In 2017 she was the winner of the Portfolio Review for Young Nordic Photographers, at Landskrona Foto Festival.
In my body of work “In Between”, I'm focusing on the feeling of in – betweenship. I use photography and video performance to explore the feeling. Looking at the symbolic meaning of hair from a historical perspective, and how the meaning is influenced by society and personal experiences.
Hair has always played a significant role in both ancient and modern cultures and has been used a symbol for individuals and societies. It’s been used to communicate ones status, emotional state and membership of a group. It has also been the subject of magical rituals and as a symbol of power.