Sama Alshaibi—born in Basra, Iraq, in 1973—is a multimedia artist who employs the use of photography, video/object hybrids, and installation. Alshaibi’s practice explores spaces of conflict, post-war, and migration to tease out issues of citizenship and power. Frequently featuring herself as a protagonist within her works, she applies the body as an allegorical device to investigate geographical metaphors that exist between spaces of political and social oppression.
Alshaibi’s monograph, Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In (New York: Aperture, 2015), presents her Silsila series, which probes the human dimensions of migration, borders, and environmental demise. Silsila was exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2013); the Honolulu Biennale (HI, US, 2017); the Marta Herford Museum (Germany, 2017); and the Qalandiya International Biennial (Haifa, 2016). Her fifteen solo exhibitions include Until Total Liberation, Artpace (San Antonio, TX, US, 2019); Silsila, Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, US, 2017) and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (AZ, US, 2016); Collapse, Ayyam Gallery (Dubai, UAE, 2015); and Sand Rushes In, Ayyam Gallery (London, UK, 2015).
In 2019, Alshaibi was selected to represent the United States in the 13th Cairo International Biennale (Egypt); she received an International Artist Residency spot at Artpace San Antonio (TX, US); and a Project Development Grant from CENTER (Santa Fe, NM, US). She was awarded the Arizona Commission on the Arts Visual Arts Grant in 2018, a Visual Arts Grant by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in 2017 and was a Fulbright Scholar from 2014–15 as part of a residency at the Palestine Museum in Ramallah. Her group exhibitions include showings at Pen + Brush (New York, US); the Tucson Museum of Art (AZ, US); CCS Bard Hessel Museum and Galleries at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, US); Museum De Wieger (Deurne, Netherlands); the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI, US); the 2014 FotoFest International Biennial (Houston, TX, US and Abu Dhabi, UAE); the Busan Museum of Art (South Korea); Institut du monde arabe (Paris, France); Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA, US); the Bronx Museum (New York, US); Darat al Funun (Amman, Jordan); and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO, US). Her thirty-two video artworks and films have screened in numerous film festivals internationally, including Mapping Subjectivity, Museum of Modern Art (New York), 24th Les Instants Vidéo festival (Mexico), and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece). Her works have also been collected by international public institutions and collectors.
She has been featured in ArtAsiaPacific, Photo District News, L’Oile de la Photographie, LensCulture, the New York Times, Ibraaz, Bluin Artinfo, Contact Sheet, Contemporary Practices, Harpar’s Bazaar, The Guardian, CNN, Huffington Post and Hysteria. Alshaibi is professor and co-chair of Photography, Video and Imaging at University of Arizona, Tucson, where she was granted the title “1885 Distinguished Scholar.” She received an MFA in Photography, Video, and Media Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2005).
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