Mosaic & Public Art
Haifa Bint- Kadi is teaching artist whose work explores issues of gender equality, identity, cultural scrutiny and socio-political scenarios that construct representations of the other. Her small works often seek to bridge east and west, confound stereotypes of Arab and Muslim women while deconstructing the Islamic iconography so often connected to representations of Muslim women. Bint-Kadi addresses the social aspects of representation, particularly in relation to the Muslim female, exposing the hidden layers beneath that which is visible. Her public art projects reflect the community’s interest, history and perspectives by engaging the public in the Big Idea of community while making connections to the environment. Haifa was commissioned by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to design and create an installation for their 2014 Muslim Cultures exhibit. In 2012 she completed The Eel’s Journey, a large-scale in-ground public art mosaic for Groundwork Hudson Valley. In 2010, Bint-Kadi received the award to complete a sculpture park for the State of New York at Suny Oneonta symbolizing the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. She was also awarded by Create Change for successfully completing a social engagement way-finding project in 2012 which culminated in an in-ground mosaic pathway from South Yonkers down to the Hudson River waterfront. She works as a teaching artist and conducts professional development for teachers in numerous New York and New Jersey School districts. Haifa Bint-Kadi holds an M.F.A. from Istituto d'Arte per il mosaico in Ravenna, Italy.