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Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture: Sama Alshaibi

5:30 pm
Richards Hall Room: 15
Additional Info: RH
School of Art, Art History & Design, (402) 472-5522,
Sama Alshaibi (b. 1973, Iraq) works between photography, video, performance
and installation. Her work explores the notion of aftermath: the
fragmentation and dispossession that violates individuals and communities
following the destruction of their social, natural, and built environments.
She uses her body as both subject and medium, a site of encounter, periphery,
and refuge, all the while carrying the effects of war and dislocation.
Alshaibi’s powerful feminized representations resist a pretext for the
subjection of Middle Eastern communities, re-calibrating, and challenging a
Western and patriarchal social order.

In 2021, Alshaibi was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography and the
recipient of the Phoenix Art Museum’s Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award.
Her biennial participation includes the 55th Venice Biennale, State of the
Art 2020, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art (2020), International Art Biennial of
Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia, 2020), 13th Cairo International Biennale
(2019), Honolulu Biennial (2017), Qalandia International Biennial (2016), and
the FotoFest Biennial (2014). She has exhibited at museums globally,
including MoMA (New York), MOCA Jacksonville (Florida), Arab American
National Museum (Michigan), MARTA Herford Museum (Germany), SMOCA (Arizona),
the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (New York), Barjeel Foundation
(Sharjah), Institut Du Monde Arabe (Paris), Bronx Museum (NYC), and the
Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver). Alshaibi’s work has also been featured
at the 24th Instants Video Festival (Mexico and France), BredaPhoto
International (Netherlands), and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival
(Greece). She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Artpace
International Artist-in-Residence (San Antonio, 2019), First Prize Project
Development Grant from the Center (Santa Fe, 2019), and the Arab Fund for
Arts & Culture Visual Arts Grant (Beirut, 2018). Her monograph, Sama
Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In (New York: Aperture, 2015), features her Silsila
series. Alshaibi is a Professor of Photography, Video, and Imaging at the
University of Arizona in Tucson.

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