Portrait

Name: Laila Gohar
Profession: Artist
Location: New York

Questionnaire: Laila Gohar

Describe yourself in a single sentence?
– I am a crab

What was your last thought before falling asleep last night?
Usually about work - some issue I need to solve. This is a bit dark, but a candle factory in Spain where I’m producing some candles just burned down to the ground last night. So I’m thinking about them. It’s been there since the mid 1800s. Very sad.

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
– How much time I have to have coffee with my boyfriend before we go to work. I love the mornings.

Describe your bedroom. What objects do you surround yourself with?
– I live in a loft so there’s no walls or rooms. The area where my bed is has a tatami made out of a red kravdat fabric and Japanese rice paper divider and then just my mattress.

What are you working on right now?
– Gohar, a new line of tabletop goods which i am launching in May. I’m very excited about it. It’s a whole world.

If you could give your younger self any advice, what would that be?
– That kindness can get you far

What’s your biggest load?
– Guilt.

An artist, writer, filmmaker, or musician that particularly inspires you at the moment?
– I just saw the Etel Adnan show at the Guggenheim. I always find her endlessly inspiring.

What do you think about sports?
– I like watching football. It’s the only time where I show any display of nationalism. Egypt, where I’m from, is quite good at football. And I love Mo salah.

How much luck have you had in life?
– Quite a bit.

What do you dream about?
– Inner peace. And external peace. And to help those around me feel like the best version of themselves.

Name your favourite restaurant?
– Altro Paradiso

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
– The clouds today in New York City have been insane. October 18 2021. Wow

Photography: Laila Gohar, New York, October 2021.