Artist as Nomad

Panel Discussion

Sama Alshaibi, Basma Alsharif, Ziad Antar, Šejla Kamerić, Nikolaj Bendix, Skyum Larsen


Dar Al Nadwa

Photo by Alfredo Rubio

Sama Alshaibi - moderator (University of Arizona, USA)
Basma Alsharif
Ziad Antar
Šejla Kamerić
Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

The MENASA region's artistic and cultural infrastructure and community is rapidly advancing and expanding. On this panel, the region's strengths and weaknesses will be explored by the panelists from their perspectives as artists operating nomadically. Reflecting on previous participation in residencies, this panel will construct a framework for how to best develop residencies in the region that would bring value to all parties involved and be of interest to both local and international artists.

Sama Alshaibi is a photographer, video artist and accomplished filmmaker, born in Basra, Iraq to an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother and is now a naturalized US citizen. Her works evoke the language of suffering, displacement and loss. In her performances, she often uses her own body as both a protagonist and a site, linking struggles and the way that nations have affected and twisted lives. An Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arizona, she received her M.F.A. in Photography and Video and Media Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Alshaibi has been an artist-in-residence at Light Works (2010), Darat Al Funun (2008, 2007) and Dar Annadwa (2005). She has exhibited in institutions and galleries in 25 countries, including: Exit Art (NYC), Institut Du Monde Arabe (Paris), Darat Al-Funun (Amman), Al Hoash (Jerusalem), DARB (Cairo), The Bronx Museum (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver) and solo exhibitions at Selma Feriani Gallery (London) and Lawrie Shabibi Gallery (Dubai), both whom represent her.

Basma Alsharif received an MFA from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago specialising in photography, film and video. Since then, she has worked between Cairo, Beirut, Amman, Sharjah and Chicago. Alsharif’s work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, events and film festivals, including: the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands (2012), Transmediale, Germany (2012), VideoBrasil (2011), Forum Expanded at The Berlinale (2011), The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan (2011), 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA (2011), Manifesta 8, Spain (2010), The Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (2010), Sharjah Biennial 9, UAE (2009), The Contemporary Arts Centre of Southern Australia (2009), The Jerusalem Show, Palestine (2008), ARTEEAST Cinema East Film Festival, New York (2007), The Palestine Film Festival in London, Chicago, Boston and Ann Harbor. She received The Marion McMahon Award at the Images Festival in Toronto (2011), The Fundación Marcelino Botín Visual Arts Grant in 2009-2010, and received a Jury Prize for her video We Began By Measuring Distance at Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009).

Ziad Antar is an artist and began his practice during residencies in Paris at the Pavilion du Palais de Tokyo and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts between 2003 -2005. Antar’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including: Paris Triennial (opening April 2012), Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE (2011), The Future of a Promise, Venice (2011), Live Cinema in the Round, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA (2011), Morality Act VI: Remember Humanity, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2010), The Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuck Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2010), Younger than Jesus, The New Museum, New York (2009), Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009), America, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2009) and the Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2008). In 2006 he took part in Pawel Althamer’s project at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, where the entire body of his work in film was also screened as part of the Prospective Cinema programme. He currently lives and works between Paris and Lebanon.

Šejla Kamerić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She uses mainly photography and video as media juxtaposing an explicit social context with intimate perspectives. Her approach to art also includes public interventions, diverse types of actions and site-specific installations. She won the National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania ONUFRI award (2004), Special award at 46th October Salon, Belgrade (2005) and The ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (2011). Kameric´ received DAAD- Berlin Artist in Residency Fellowship in 2007. Her works have been exhibited throughout Europe, the USA and Japan, and have been included in prestigious European collections such as Muse d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, COFF, San Sebastian, collection of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her first short film What do I Know, premiered in Corto Cortissimo section of the 64th Venice International Film Festival and circulated over 40 film festivals winning Best Short Film Award at the 5th Zagreb Film Festival and 15th Adana Film Festival.

Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen is an artist, born in Denmark, who lives and works in London. His practice focuses on migration and he portrays migrants’ lives, their hopes and yearnings. Often Larsen’s video installations are responses to long periods of research in illegal migration-hubs where he builds close relationships with migrants in order to understand their life. He explores life from the point of view of the migrants who exist in an existential ‘bubble’ between circumstances they left behind and the ‘Promised Land’ they hope to find at the end of their journeys. He has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions including: Life Line, Peckham Space, London (upcoming - 2012), Promised Land, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris (upcoming - 2012), Do Not Use, Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru (2010), Contes de la périphérie, Maison du Danemark, Paris (2010), Control Wanted, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris (2008), Rising Floating Falling, Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark (2004). Group shows include participation in the Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2011), Folkestone Triennial, England (2011), Sharjah Biennial 9, UAE (2009). Larsen has completed residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Al-Ma’mal Foundation and Sharjah Biennial 7. In 2012 Larsen will undertake a residency at PiST/// in Istanbul. Larsen has an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art, London.

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