We are discussing with Shamma Al Amri to participate this year.

Everything You Can Think Of Is True
Everything You Can Think Of Is True. Dubai.uae 2019. © Walter Willems.

“Shamma often works with historical events or anecdotes in parallel with contemporary found image or video to create scientific like analytical accounts through systems of equivalencies often cultivating absurdity as a form of protest.”
Royal College of Arts.

The work of Shamma Al Amri stands out by integrating her fine art background with digital technology. Using a pinhole camera and traditional film, she distinctively developed her own style of photography. Her photographs reflect the transformation of tribal communities in remote villages into the metropolitan centers of modern-day UAE, as well as recording the changing landscape of her hometown Abu Dhabi.

She explores the inevitability of temporal and geographical change, shedding a light on how what we are living today is definitely the history of tomorrow. As we can see in the previous photo, Al Amri recasts Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, into an illustration of the past creating a loop of time trapped in the past, the present and the future.


Since 2008 | regular exhibition activity, mainly in Dubai.uae
2019 | Dubai.uae, Everything You Can Think of is True
2015 | Dubai.uae, Public Privacy, DUCTAC
2013 | Dubai.uae, Time & Space Matter, Project D Studios
2012 | Dubai.uae, Pinhole Photography, 2. Sikka Art Fair
2011 | Dubai.uae, When You Become Who You Look At, Al Bastakiya, Art Dubai
2010 | Dubai.uae, nbx 2010 (Nomads Box), Art Dubai


2018 | Abu Dhabi.uae, Being Shadow; From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi, MACBA
2014-2016 | US tour, Pinhole Photography (Burj, Trace of time, Shadows of Light), Past Forward
2010 | Shanghai.chn, UAE Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo


2018 | London.uk, Royal College of Art, Contemporary Art Practice, Degree: Master
2013-2014 | Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, current recipient
2013 | Abu Dhabi.uae, Higher Colleges of Technology, Culture and Creative Industries, Degree: Master
2007 | Dubai.uae, Lateefa College campus of Zayed University, Art and Design, Degree: Bachelor


Lives in Dubai.uae
2008 | Joined the founding team of the Dubai Culture & Art Authority
1985 | Born in Dubai.uae



Shamma Al Amri

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