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Asma Belhamar - Artists - Green . Art . Gallery

Asma Belhamar


Asma Belhamar’s interdisciplinary practice explores the phenomenon of the megastructure in the Emirates and its impact on the topographical memory of local landscapes. Through installation, experimental print, video and three-dimensional modelling, she synthesises the architectural and the organic to construct hybrid spaces that engage with notions of temporality and spatial memory. Her practice is driven by a desire to illustrate the effect that various architectural trends have had on perceptions of the Emirates both locally and globally.

Asma Belhamar - Artists - Green . Art . Gallery

Asma Belhamar, Souq alras street #5 (detail), 2023


Born in 1988 in Dubai, UAE, Belhamar graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from Zayed University, Dubai, UAE (2012) and MFA in Textile Design at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (2017). She completed the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, Abu Dhabi in 2014, and was an Artist-in-Residence at March Project, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE and Porthmeor Studio, St Ives, UK both in 2019.

Belhamar was recently among the five artists shortlisted for the first Dubai Public Art Commission (by Dubai Culture and Art Dubai), Dubai, UAE (2023). Public commissioned works include Distorted Familiarities for Expo 2020, Dubai (2021) and The Edifice of Sba at March Project, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE in 2019. Belhamar is set to have her first solo show, Solid Void, at 421 in Abu Dhabi this coming October 2023.

Selected group exhibitions include: Time & Identity, Al Safa Art and Design Library, Dubai, UAE (2023); Evaporating Suns: Contemporary Myths of the Arabian Gulf, Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger, Basel, Switzerland (2023); Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present (SB15), Sharjah, UAE (2023); Tales of Nostalgia, Misk Art Institute, Riyadh, KSA (2022); Disconnect & Reconnect, Part Two, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2022); Disconnect & Reconnect, Part One, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2022); Between The Sky and The Earth: Contemporary Art from the UAE, Middle Eastern Institute, Washington, DC (2021); Playing Spaces, Engage 101, Dubai, UAE (2020); Emerge III: Converging Lines, Sestiere Dorsoduro 47, Venice, Italy (2019); UAE & Greece Cultural Week, Zappeion Exhibition Hall, Athens, Greece (2018); Place Memory Time, 1stDIBS Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Art: Process & Practice, Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship Program, Warehouse421 Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016); and Markers & Makers, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016) amongst others.

She lives and works in Dubai, UAE.

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