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Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series: Sama Alshaibi, “Unchain My Feet”

Sama Alshaibi’s multi-media artworks disinters negotiations in spaces of conflict: the causation and aftermath of war and exile, the clashes between nation and citizenry, the vexatious dynamics of humans competing for land, resources and power, and finally, one’s own internal struggle with mental entrapment through self-policing emotions such as fear. Although she frequently uses her own body, Alshaibi is rarely representing herself directly. The body situates itself in allegorical contexts, trapped in time and space. The body juxtaposed with symbol, backdrop and gesture, constructs contexts of her physicality. The body as evolving metaphor. The body as site. The absence of her body in her artwork is still the context of the body absent. Alshaibi is Associate Professor of Photography/Video Art at the University of Arizona.


Image: “Ta’shir” (Marking), Sama Alshaibi, 2010, courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery, Dubai

Organizer: NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Venue: NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Phone: 212-992-9540
Website: http://www.csgsnyu.org/
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