Showcase 2022 Student Spotlight: Marwa Ali
Student Spotlight featuring BA (Hons) Photography student, Marwa Ali
What inspired your work?
So much of my inspiration comes from my family and the idea of incorporating visual elements that are reminders of my home and my environment. That’s something I like to bring in. I like using my multicultural experiences not only, to inform others about different cultures but also, it’s a way for me to explore my own identity through those visuals.
What has your time at NTU been like, and what skills have you developed?
My time at NTU has been a really interesting experience I would say. A lot of the facilities that we use like the dark rooms and renting out equipment have helped me advance the technical skills that I have. And also, a lot of the editing programmes that we use within Photography I used to not know how to use, but now having access to the Mac suites and all the facilities we have here, I have been able to advance my skills.
Have you collaborated with anyone during your time here….
Yes, so in my second year, we are able to create an online exhibition with all the other photography students. Also, during my third year, we actually had the pleasure to work with Theatre Design students in a student assisting workshop, which was a fun experience. I think it’s always interesting to see what other students are creating across the Nottingham School of Art and Design.
What do you think of the school community?
I think the school community is great, I’ve had a lot of support coming from my tutors and my fellow students. I think the societies and the NTSU really help bring students together. I’ve met some great people from being a part of societies and even from other courses across NTU, so I would say it’s really great.
What has been your most memorable moment at NTU?
I think being able to see the Fine Art showcase. After 3 years of studying, I think it’s so interesting to see what people have created during their time here at NTU. A lot of the pieces were extremely inspiring. I would also say being able to exhibit at the Surface Gallery for the Photography Degree Show Exposition was also an amazing thing to be a part of.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about studying your course at NTU?
NTU has a lot of great facilities, and also the Photography team are extremely talented. If you’re thinking of attending, there are lots of resources both online and in-person that can help you. And everyone is super welcoming.