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Afra Al Dhaheri, Preserving impatience I, 2017, Glass, porcelain, 20 x 20 x 10 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Preserving impatience I, 2017

Glass, porcelain, 20 x 20 x 10 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Preserving impatience II, 2017, Glass, porcelain, 15 x 15 x 10 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Preserving impatience II, 2017

Glass, porcelain, 15 x 15 x 10 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, We Hang No More, 2017, Glass, Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, We Hang No More, 2017

Glass, Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, We Hang No More (detail), 2017, Glass, Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, We Hang No More (detail), 2017

Glass, Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, Abu Dhabi Hair Drawing 3, 2020, Hair and watercolor on paper, 30 x 21 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Abu Dhabi Hair Drawing 3, 2020

Hair and watercolor on paper, 30 x 21 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, St. Ives Drawing 2, 2019, Hair and watercolor on paper, 26 x 36 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, St. Ives Drawing 2, 2019

Hair and watercolor on paper, 26 x 36 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, St. Ives Drawing 2 (detail), 2019, Hair and watercolor on paper, 26 x 36 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, St. Ives Drawing 2 (detail), 2019

Hair and watercolor on paper, 26 x 36 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Between existence and absence, 2018, Cement, wax, and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

Afra Al Dhaheri, Between existence and absence, 2018

Cement, wax, and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

209 x 121 cm (each side)

Afra Al Dhaheri, Between existence and absence (detail), 2018, Cement, wax, and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

Afra Al Dhaheri, Between existence and absence (detail), 2018

Cement, wax, and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

209 x 121 cm (each side)

Afra Al Dhaheri, Stripped away from all constructs, 2018, Cement and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

Afra Al Dhaheri, Stripped away from all constructs, 2018

Cement and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

210 x 110 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Stripped away from all constructs (detail), 2018, Cement and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

Afra Al Dhaheri, Stripped away from all constructs (detail), 2018

Cement and charcoal on cotton fabric mesh

210 x 110 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, To Preserve, 2017, Cement and encaustic on wood panel, 62 x 45 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, To Preserve, 2017

Cement and encaustic on wood panel, 62 x 45 cm

 , Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (No. 2), 2017

 

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (No. 2), 2017

Hand built ceramic, cement and fabric, 160 x 22 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (No. 2) (detail), 2017, Hand built ceramic, cement and fabric, 160 x 22 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (No. 2) (detail), 2017

Hand built ceramic, cement and fabric, 160 x 22 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (No. 2) (detail), 2017, Hand built ceramic, cement and fabric, 160 x 22 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (No. 2) (detail), 2017

Hand built ceramic, cement and fabric, 160 x 22 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow, 2017, Hand built ceramic, plaster, cement and fabric

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow, 2017

Hand built ceramic, plaster, cement and fabric

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (detail), 2017, Hand built ceramic, plaster, cement and fabric

Afra Al Dhaheri, The past is tomorrow (detail), 2017

Hand built ceramic, plaster, cement and fabric

Afra Al Dhaheri, Absence in presence, 2017, Cement, acrylic, graphite and watercolor on paper

Afra Al Dhaheri, Absence in presence, 2017

Cement, acrylic, graphite and watercolor on paper

50 x 75 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, A version of a version of my feet, 2017, Poured sand cast glass, 6.5 US shoe size

Afra Al Dhaheri, A version of a version of my feet, 2017

Poured sand cast glass, 6.5 US shoe size

Afra Al Dhaheri, Untitled, 2017, Installation, Ceramic, steel, plexi tubes, 304.8 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Untitled, 2017

Installation, Ceramic, steel, plexi tubes, 304.8 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Who Has Time For It?, 2016, Steel pipes, rope, cement and plaster, 135 x 75 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Who Has Time For It?, 2016

Steel pipes, rope, cement and plaster, 135 x 75 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Who Has Time For It? (detail), 2016, Steel pipes, rope, cement and plaster, 135 x 75 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Who Has Time For It? (detail), 2016

Steel pipes, rope, cement and plaster, 135 x 75 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, My Urban Desert, 2016, Found wood, music wire, cement, Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, My Urban Desert, 2016

Found wood, music wire, cement, Dimensions variable

Installation view at T + H Gallery, Boston, USA

Afra Al Dhaheri, My Urban Desert (detail), 2016, Found wood, music wire, cement, Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, My Urban Desert (detail), 2016

Found wood, music wire, cement, Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, Thoughts on fabric, 2015, Encaustic, cement, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil on stiffened cheesecloth

Afra Al Dhaheri, Thoughts on fabric, 2015

Encaustic, cement, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil on stiffened cheesecloth

Left (62 x 80 cm), Right (62 x 115 cm)

Afra Al Dhaheri, Dining East or West, 2016, Glass, ceramic, cement, and cinderblocks

Afra Al Dhaheri, Dining East or West, 2016

Glass, ceramic, cement, and cinderblocks

Dimensions variable

Afra Al Dhaheri, Absence recalled, 2015, Oil, twine and cement on canvas, 45 x 35 cm

Afra Al Dhaheri, Absence recalled, 2015

Oil, twine and cement on canvas, 45 x 35 cm

Biography

Detail of Afra Al Dhaheri, The Past is Tomorrow, 2017

Afra Al Dhaheri’s work is rooted in her experiences growing up in Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE – a place of recent and rapid change. Working across various mediums including mixed media, sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, photography, and printmaking, she draws out notions of time and adaptation, rigor and fragility.

With each experiment, there is a new phase, each new phenomenon or actualization plucked from her unique vocabulary of references – repetition acts as a method for prolonging time as much as a tool through which to truly experience or realize each stage of a work.

Detail of Afra Al Dhaheri, The Past is Tomorrow, 2017

Born in 1988 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Al Dhaheri obtained her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, USA in 2017 and had her residencies from The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 and Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2019).

Her first solo exhibition Inevitable Ephemera was hosted by T + H Gallery in Boston, USA in 2016. Selected group exhibitions include Avoid Bad Dreams, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2019); Barcelona to Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2018); Emirati Expressions, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2011 and 2015). She works as an Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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