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Lot 13

Sama Alshaibi (Iraq)

Fatnis-al-Jazirah (Fantasy Island), 2014

Archival print, Canson Infinity paper, printed in 2015, Edition 4/5
24 x 35 inches (60 x 90 cm), signed in pencil on back

Courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

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Artist Bio

Sama Alshaibi’s multimedia work explores spaces of conflict, and the power struggles that arise in the aftermath of war and exile. Alshaibi is particularly interested in how such clashes occur between citizens and the state, creating vexing crises that impact the physical and psychic realms of the individual, as resources, land, mobility, political agency, and self-affirmation are compromised. Through performance, video, photography, and installation, Alshaibi positions her own body as an allegorical site that makes the by products of war visible.

Born in Basra to an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother, Alshaibi is based in the United States, where she is chair and associate professor of photography and video art at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Alshaibi holds a B.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago and a M.F.A. in photography, video, and, media arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her works are housed in both public and private collections, including the Nadour Collection, Krefeld, Germany; The Barjeel Collection, Sharjah, U.A.E.; The Rami Farook Collection, Dubai, U.A.E.; and the Museum of Modern Art in Tunis, Tunisia. In 2014, Alshaibi was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship as part of a residency at the Palestinian Museum in Ramallah, where she developed an education program while conducting independent research. Recently, Alshaibi’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E. (2015); Palais de la Culture Malek Haddad, Constantine, Algeria (2015); Festival Internacional de las Culturas Pirineos Sur, Spain (2015); Ayyam Gallery, London (2015); Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan (2015); Abu Dhabi Festival, U.A.E. (2015); Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii (2014); Photo Shanghai (2014); FotoFest, Houston (2014); Sand Rushes In, Alshaibi’s first monograph, was published by Aperture Foundation, New York, in 2015.
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