Hanna Noor Mahomed was born in Durban, South Africa in 1999, and lives and works in Cape Town. She completed a Bachelor of Art in Contemporary Art from Cape Town Creative Academy in 2019 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2022. Working primarily with painting and drawing, Noor Mahomed’s practice revolves around these disciplines as a means for storytelling. Using her hometown Durban as a contextual backdrop, she is particularly interested in storytelling from a female point of experience. Combining personal stories with fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and historical global conditions, her practice sets out to build narratives that are potentially unheard of because they are not told; through image-making and semiotics. Noor Mahomed is drawn to the city environment and how women navigate this terrain of violence, control, and repression. She references a range of Orientalist and religious motifs, western and essentialist aesthetics, but her practice remains rooted in the abstraction of these visual languages. Abstraction is used as a conceptual device to challenge these stereotypes.