Sama Alshaibi, who works between photography, video, performance and installation, will present the next Hixson-Lied Visiting Scholar Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on November 9 at Richards Hall, room 15.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Alshaibi is a professor of photography, video and imaging at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her work explores the notion of the after – the fragmentation and dispossession that violates individuals and communities following the destruction of their social, natural and built environments. She uses her body as both subject and medium, meeting place, periphery and refuge, while bearing the effects of war and dislocation.

Powerful feminized representations of Alshaibi resist a pretext for the subjugation of Middle Eastern communities, recalibrating and challenging a Western and patriarchal social order.

In 2021, Alshaibi was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography and the recipient of the Phoenix Art Museum‘s Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award. His biennial participation includes the 55th Venice Biennale; State of the Art 2020, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art (2020); Santa Cruz de la Sierra International Art Biennial (Bolivia, 2020); 13th Cairo International Biennale (2019); Honolulu Biennial (2017); Qalandia International Biennial (2016); and the FotoFest Biennial (2014).

She has exhibited in museums around the world, including MoMA (New York), MOCA Jacksonville (Florida), Arab American National Museum (Michigan), MARTEN Herford Museum (Germany), SMOCA (Arizona), Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (New York), Barjeel Foundation (Sharjah), Institut Du Monde Arabe (Paris), Bronx Museum (New York), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver).

Alshaibi’s work has also been shown at the 24th Instants Video Festival (Mexico and France), BredaPhoto International (Netherlands) and Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece). She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Artpace International Artist-in-Residence (San Antonio, 2019), the Center’s First Prize Project Development Grant (Santa Fe, 2019), and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Visual Arts. grant. (Beirut, 2018).

Her monograph, “Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In” (New York: Aperture, 2015), features her Silsila series.

The last remaining lecture in the series will feature Aaron Spangler, sculptor and printmaker, on November 30. Spangler is best known as a sculptor, where he reinvents the traditional medium and technique of woodcarving with a contemporary eye.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln School of Art, Art History and Design & Scholar Lecture Series brings outstanding artists, scholars, and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance student education.

Supported by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing Nebraskans with a way to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, history, art and design. Each guest artist or researcher spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in reviews, and give demonstrations.

For more information about the series, contact the School of Art, Art History, and Design at (402) 472-5522 or email [email protected]


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