Sama Alshaibi

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Sama Alshaibi is an artist born in Basra, Iraq to an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother and now a naturalized US citizen. Alshaibi’s works in photography, video art and sculpture to evoke the language of suffering, displacement and loss. Her auto-ethnographic approach is informed by her own history of living in war and the double negation to her familial homelands. Alshaibi is interested in the spectrum of control and domination, whether its the body’s relationship to land and national identity, or the experience between humans competing for resources and power. Her work is rooted in the anxieties of the human experience. Alshaibi’s work has been exhibited at arts institutions and galleries in over twenty countries, including Impressions Gallery (UK), Exit Art (NYC), Mole Vanvitelliana (Italy), Darat Al-Funun (Jordan), The Bronx Museum (NYC) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver). She is represented by Selma Feriani Gallery (London) and Lawrie-Shabibi Gallery (Dubai). In addition to exhibitions, her 25 time-based works (video art/films) have screened in numerous film festivals internationally including the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, CinemaEast Film Festival (NYC), DOKUFEST (Kosovo) and Les Instants Video festival (France). Her art has been curated into prominent international art fairs including Paris Photo (France), ArtDubai (U.A.E), Reel Festival Iraq (Scotland) and Pingyao International Photography Festival (China). Sama Alshaibi received her MFA from the University of Colorado in Photography/Video and Media Arts in 2005. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography/Video Art at University of Arizona.

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