Layal Nakle Layal Nakle is a Lebano-Belgian research artist graduating student on Metàfora’s Advanced Diploma in Studio Arts this year. Layal was born on the Ivory Coast and having been exposed to many cultures, she is interested in the different forms of identity and their relation to current power structures. She investigates the dialogues about identity, mobility and conflict that sporadically happen between the West and the rest of the world.
Layal’s practice first revolves around researching and collecting data. After gathering all the materials, she maps it on to a wall before translating it into an artistic language that renders her questionings into poetical assemblages. These assemblages use semiology and symbolism to contradict the austerity of conventional academic ways of sharing researches’ results.
With echoes from a background in cinema and photography, Layal creates wide installations that enhances the purpose or capability of each medium in the act of (hi)story telling; pushing forward the limitation of a single format. She explores new ways to construct narratives. She appropriates personal stories to apply them to wider issues; rendering individual conflicts into collective problematics. Her work often oscillates between politics and poetry; between stories and history.