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Aperture In Person

Sama Alshaibi in Conversation with Maymanah Farhat

Wednesday, February 17

6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY


This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Released in spring 2015, Sama Alshaibi’s Sand Rushes In is the first book by this rising artist. The book presents work from Silsila, a video and photographic installation that premiered at the 2013 Venice Biennale, as well as other series. Join Alshaibi in conversation with art historian and curator Maymanah Farhat as they discuss Alshaibi’s lyrical multimedia work, which uses the desert, borders, and the body as overarching symbols of the geopolitical and environmental issues and histories linking the Arabic-speaking world. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

Sama Alshaibi (born in Basra, Iraq, 1973) has exhibited in numerous biennials, museums, and institutions, including at the Maldives Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale; Museum of Modern Art, New York; FotoFest, Houston; and the Arab World Institute, Paris. She is a Fulbright Scholar, has been an artist-in-residence at various locations worldwide, and was granted the title of University of Arizona’s 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar. Alshaibi is the chair and associate professor of photography and video art at the University of Arizona. She is represented by Ayyam Gallery, and has upcoming exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, and the 2016 Tashkent Biennale, Uzbekistan.

Maymanah Farhat is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary Arab art. Farhat is the artistic director and editor of publications at Ayyam Gallery, coeditor of Jadaliyya’s Culture section, and a curatorial advisor to the Arab American National Museum. She has organized exhibitions at international art spaces and institutions including the Virginia Commonwealth University Gallery, Qatar; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan; and Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon. Her writings have appeared in Callaloo, Art Journal, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Apollo magazine, and Art + Auction magazine, among other publications. In 2014, she was listed among Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.





Image: Sama Alshaibi, Taʾshīr (Marking), 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery

Sama Alshaibi in Conversation with Maymanah Farhat