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© Sama Alshaibi, Target Practice,
series, 2004.
Archival print on Somerset cotton rag paper, 30x23"

© Sama Alshaibi, Olives from Gaza,
series, 2004.
Archival print on Somerset cotton rag paper, 30x23

© Sama Alshaibi, Abu Amar R.I.P.,
series, 2004.
Archival print on Somerset cotton rag paper, 30x23"

Sama Alshaibi
Born: 1973, Basra, Iraq
Residence: Tucson, AZ


Selected Exhibitions:
En Foco at Venice Arts, Venice, CA 2013
En Foco at The Arts at CIIS, San Francisco, CA 2013
En Foco at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC 2012
En Foco at Light Work, Syracuse, NY 2011
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, 2011
Selma Feriani Gallery, London, 2010
Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK, 2010
DARB 1718, Cairo, Egypt, 2010
Le Violon Bleu, Tunisia, 2010
Al Hoash, Jerusalem, Palestine, 2010
Incheon Women Artists' Bienniale, Incheon, South Korea, 2009
Bronx Museum, NYC, NY, 2008
** Nueva Luz Artist Talk at Peer Gallery, NYC, March 1**
En Foco at Umbrella Arts + Projects, New York, NY, 2008
Exit Art, New York, NY, 2007
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, 2007
The University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, South Africa 2006
The Khalil Sakakini Center, Ramallah, Palestine, 2006
Al Hoash Contemporary Art Gallery, Jerusalem, 2006
Zero Station, Portland, Maine, 2006
Carl Nelson Gorman Museum, Davis, CA, 2006
La Fabrica Arte Contemporaneo, Guatemala 2003, 2004, 2005
Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, 2003

MFA, 2005, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
BFA, 1999, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Honorable Mention, Camera Arts Magazine, 2005
Goueter Missouri Collection Prize, St. Louis Artist, MO, 2003
Center for Humanities and Arts Fellowship, University of Colorado 2003-2004
Illinois Arts Council Grant, Individual Artist, 2000, 2001

LightWork, Syracuse, NY, 2010
Darat Al Funun, Jordan 2007
The International Center of Bethlehem, West Bank, 2005

Contact Sheet: essay by Dr. Nada Shabout, Light Work Annual, 2011
Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 12#1 (En Foco: Bronx, 2007)
Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photographers (C.N. Gorman Museum: CA)
Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 27:2 (University of Nebraska Press: NE)
30 Palestinian Women Artists (Al Hoash Palestinian Art Court: Jerusalem)
We Make The Road By Walking (Mizel Museum: CO)

Sama Alshaibi’s art evokes the language of dislocation and loss, articulating negotiations between body, disputed land, and shifting political realities. A photographer, installation and time-based artist, Alshaibi is primarily interested in the body’s relationship to land: how it is controlled, patrolled, denied and transformed. Her works examine war, occupation and the sprawl of the military machine while presenting the human body as counter-point to such national endeavors. She often use her own body to test the limits of access and privilege; infiltrating guarded spaces, negotiating borders, even if at gunpoint.

A Palestinian-Iraqi exiled to the United States, her art reflects forced migrations and the in-between state of statelessness. Alshaibi is also interested in the threshold of two different existential planes, of disorientation, and spaces between spaces. Whether applied within a context of a political map or even the search for meaning, her practice is rooted in the anxieties of the human experience.




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