Alaa Edris

b. 1986, Dubai; lives between Sharjah and Abu Dhabi


Alaa Edris uses photography, film and performance to enact experimental mappings and manipulations of her social and urban environment. In her States and Reem Dream X photographic series, she abstracts architecture to recreate sci-fi inspired sets.  The works address the tension between progress and tradition, articulation and erasure, drawing on ideas of uncertainty and the fragile boundaries between beauty and fear.  Edris’ work has been presented in exhibitions across the region and internationally, including This is not a show [io non sono qui], No Title Gallery, Venice Art Projects, Venice (2021); the 14th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (2019); and From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art Collection (MACBA) in Dialogue with the Emirates, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2018). In 2015, she completed a year-long Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship program, organized in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design. She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Electronic Media from the University of Sharjah in 2009.