b. 1986, Oman; lives between London and Muscat, Oman
Eman Ali is an Omani visual artist living and working between London and Muscat. Working primarily with photography, text, sound, and installations, Ali’s work intertwines gender and socio-political ideologies to question the intricate Khaleeji culture, societies, and women’s representations from the Arabian Peninsula. She has integrated her practice as a social critique, observation, and investigation of the multi-layered histories of the Gulf, the Arab world, and East Africa. Through her cinematic photographs, Ali reveals the untold norms of our society and invites viewers to reflect on the underlying boundaries and systems that govern our lives.
Ali graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a BA in Graphic Design in 2008, and then from the Royal College of Art in 2017 with an MA in Photography. She was a Single Image winner at the British Journal of Photography 2020 Female in Focus Awards, and her previous clients include Ffotogallery Wales, BMW, Adidas, and The Standard Hotel, among others.