Sama Alshaibi

b. 1973, Basra, Iraq; lives in Tucson, AZ 


Sama Alshaibi is a conceptual artist based in Arizona whose photographs and videos situate her own body as a site of performance in consideration of the social and gendered impacts of war and migration. Her “Carry Over” series featured in the exhibit uses traditional printing processes from the colonial era to recall and subvert historical Orientalist portraits made of Middle Eastern women for western audiences. 

Alshaibi was named a Guggenheim fellow in photography in 2021. Her monograph, Sand Rushes In, was published by Aperture, NYC in 2015. She most recently participated in the 55th Venice Biennale and held solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery (Dubai, 2019) and at Artpace (San Antonio, 2019), where she participated as the National Artist in Residence. Alshaibi has been exhibited in over 150 group exhibitions. She is Professor and Co-Chair of the Photography, Video and Imaging program at the University of Arizona, Tucson.


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