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.
Born in 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, Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2019) and a VIR Viafarini-in-residence in Viafarini, Milan (2022).
Solo exhibitions include Split Ends, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2021) and Inevitable Ephemera, T + H Gallery, Boston, USA (2016). Selected group exhibitions include: Amplified Bodies, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai / Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, UAE (forthcoming); Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2022); Zemanna, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2022); Tadaroj (Gradation), Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah, UAE (2021); Between the Sky and the Earth: Contemporary Art from the UAE, Middle East Institute, Washington, DC, USA (2021); Under Construction, Misk Art Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2021); Hair Mapping Body; Body Mapping Land, ICD Brookfield Place, Dubai, UAE (2021); Beyond: Emerging Artists, Cromwell Place, London, UK (2021); Conscious Becoming, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium (2021); Beyond: Emerging Artist, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2020); From Within, Riyadh, KSA (2019); 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).
Emirati artist Afra Al Dhaheri discusses her Expo 2020 Dubai installation, Pillow Fort Playground, and how it brings together shared childhood memories.
Rooted in her experiences of growing up in Abu Dhabi, conceptual artist Afra Al Dhaheri’s work examines the fluidity of hair as symbolising notions of time, memory, fragility and social reflection.
Benedetta Ghione, executive director at Art Dubai, spotlights 5 unmissable new works by regional artists at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Afra Al Dhaheri’s Pillow Fort is among the 11 public artworks to be unveiled during Expo 2020 and remain as public sculptures for District 2020.
Curator and writer Nadine Khalil fathoms the absence/presence of the body in works by three early career GCC-based artists Maitha Abdalla, Afra Al Dhaheri and Sarah Brahim. Discover these works beyond their material—and bodily—boundaries in this online format.
Emirati artist Afra Al Dhaheri is taking over the art scene one 6-metre sculpture at a time.
Al Dhaheri's work showcased at ‘Concepts and The Divine Abstract’ exhibition in DIFC
The mixed-media art of AFRA AL DHAHERI urges the viewer to consider social constructs through the prism of materials as disparate as concrete and hair. In a careful analysis of the public and private, she examines the unification of the artificial and the innate, the constructed and the dismantled.
In a marked departure from her harmonious, amoeba-like watercolors enfolding stands of human hair, Afra Al Dhaheri’s latest work suggests acts of transgression and rupture.
تحاول الفنانة عفراء الظاهري من خلال أعمالها الفننية أن تخلق ذلك التداخل بين الإشارة والرمز، بين المرئي والمخفي، بين اللحظة والذاكرة وهي مفاهيم تحضر باستمرار في أعمالها الفنية
The Emirati conceptual artist discusses hair — the inspiration behind her six-meter-high installation at Abu Dhabi Art in November.
How are young, homegrown talents making a name for themselves and who are they? Nadine Khalil examines the growing art scene for the younger generation of local artists.
Contemporary Identities features multi-disciplinary UAE based artist Afra Al Dhaheri.
Afra Al Dhaheri is among the artists from the region that are exhibiting their work in the exhibition From Within at Diriyah’s Industrial Zone on the outskirts of Riyadh.
Five UAE-based artists have recently converted a villa to five artists’ studios and a residency that doubles as an exhibition space in the Al Zafranah area of downtown Abu Dhabi. In a creative response to the lack of shared arenas for artists in the UAE, Bait 15 is an example of what can be done from the ground up, as Nadine Khalil finds out.