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In Conversation: SAMA ALSHAIBI

November 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free with admission

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Get a closer look at the work of Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor artist Sama Alshaibi as she discusses her artistic process with TMA Chief Curator, Julie Sasse.


About the Artist:

Sama Alshaibi (Palestine/Iraq) multi-media artworks disinters negotiations in spaces of conflict: the causation and aftermath of war and exile, the clashes between nation and citizenry, the vexatious dynamics of humans competing for land, resources and power, and finally, one’s own internal struggle with mental entrapment through self-policing emotions such as fear.

Alshaibi has had over ten international solo exhibitions and her artworks are widely exhibited in prominent international biennials, film festivals, museums/institutions, galleries and fairs, including the 55th Venice Biennial, Honolulu Biennial 2017 (Hawaii), 2014 FotoFest International Biennial (Houston), MoMA (NYC), Edge of Arabia (London), Arab World Institute (Paris), Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco), The Bronx Museum (NYC), Paris Photo (Paris) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver). Aperture Foundation published her first monograph, “Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In” – it was released in March of 2015 in conjunction with her solo exhibition with Ayyam Gallery in London.

Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include “Sama Alshaibi: Silsila” at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Arizona, USA, 2016) and at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University (NY, USA, 2017), “Collapse” at Ayyam Gallery in Dubai (2015) and “vs. Him” at Lawrie Shabibi Gallery in Dubai (2012). Her art residencies include Darat al Funun (Amman), A.M. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah) and Lightwork (NY). Alshaibi was awarded two national teaching awards and granted the title of ‘University of Arizona’s 1885 Distinguished Scholar’. She has been awarded the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholars Fellowship to the West Bank, Palestine. She is currently Chair and Full Professor of Photography and Video Art, University of Arizona, where she has taught since 2006. Alshaibi is exclusively represented by Ayyam Gallery.


November 9, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free with admission


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