Shamma Al Amri


Shamma Al Amri holds two MA degrees in Culture and Creative Industries and Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art in London. Shamma is a very active member in the UAE cultural scene and has founded a number of cultural projects such as The Nomad Box, Majhool and bleep. She is also a co founder and a member of The Arab Art Saloon in London.

Shamma has participated in a number of exhibitions both locally and internationally including the United States touring show Past Forward and Meridian International Center, Washington DC , Equal Voices in the room in London, Becoming, Subject Matter Gallery in London , MACBA, From Barcelona to AD, Abu Dhabi Power of Dreams, UAE Pavilion, Shanghai, United Nations office in China, and in the UAE; Art Dubai, Sikka Art Fair and Third Line gallery. Her last show Everything You Can Think of is True, was a solo Exhibition at Al Serkal Avenue. Shamma has also completed the SEAF Rhode Island School of Design fellowship, Air residency with the Delfina foundation and a residency in Domaine Du Boibuchet, France as well being a recipient of the Cultural Foundation Art Residency 2020.

Shamma’s practice constitutes researching concepts of autonomy and agency within collective bodies and systems by examining “language” through subversion, binary readings and contesting theories of hybridity and rights of opacity.

Shamma often works with historical events or anecdotes in parallel with current accounts and found contemporary content to create studies that explore systems of equivalencies to expose discrepancies in narrative and context. Shamma continues to explore through various mediums how one navigates cultural and ideological norms through image, text, translation as language becomes a performative act in her work.

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