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
Attend the Fine Print Auction
Absentee Bid Form
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.