Alaa Edris uses photography, film and performance to enact experimental mappings and manipulations of her social and urban environment. Acting as anthropologist, cartographer and sci-fi voyager, she contends with dominant issues from the field of Arab artistic research, including the construction of gender, the relationship between tradition and progress, and language as a medium for identifying, shaping and articulating a culture.
Edris’ work has been presented in exhibitions across the region and internationally, including From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA in dialogue with the Emirates), Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2018); Is Old Gold?, Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre (DUCTAC), Dubai (2017); Al Haraka Baraka, Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah (2016); Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, touring exhibition to Washington, DC and six US states (2014–2016); In the Absence of Script, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2014) and Moving Image Art Fair, London (2013).
She completed the year-long Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship programme, organised in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design (2015), and participated in a residency at Fondazione Cini in Venice through an award from the Emirates Foundation (2011). She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in electronic media from the University of Sharjah (2009).
Born in 1986 in Sharjah, Edris currently lives and works between Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Sharjah Biennial 14
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber