Ala Younis

Courtesy of CAAC Seville, Spain
Photo: Raul Dolbado


As artist, researcher and curator, Ala Younis has explored the formation of the modern Arab world and the potential for renewed thought and action the era continues to inspire.

Younis’ work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville (2018); Art Jameel Project Space, Dubai (2018); Delfina Foundation, London (2010, 2018); MMAG Foundation, Amman (2017) and Darat al Funun, Amman (2009). Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at ifa-Galerie, Berlin and Stuttgart  (2018); CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, US (2017); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2017); Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo (2017); 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia (2017); Marta Herford, Herford, Germany (2017); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); KW Institute, Berlin (2015); New Museum, New York (2014); Meeting Points 7, Cairo, Hong Kong, Beirut (2014); Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain (2013); 2012 New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); 9th Gwangju Biennial (2012); 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Home Works 5, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2010); Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2009); The Jerusalem Show, Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2009) and Photo Cairo 4, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo (2008). Her work is in the collections of Art Jameel, Dubai and Jeddah; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Guggenheim Museum, New York and Darat al Funun, Amman, among others.

Younis has curated This land first speaks to you in signs, Cimatheque and Archive Kabinett, Berlin (2015); first Kuwaiti Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and a number of other exhibitions and programmes in Egypt, France, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. She organised the project Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence (2012–ongoing), which has been presented in Kuwait, Algeria and Ramallah. She serves on the advisory board of the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded and co-founded (with Maha Maamoun) the nonprofit publishing initiative Kayfa ta, which has published five ‘how to’ titles since its establishment in 2012.

At Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF), Ala Younis has participated in do it بالعربي [in Arabic] (2016) as well as several March Meetings, including the first edition in 2008. Her project Plan for a Greater Baghdad (2015), first presented at the 56th Venice Biennale, was produced with SAF support. With Tarek Abou El Fetouh, she co-edited the two-volume book The Time is Out of Joint, published in conjunction with the exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation and Asia Culture Center Theater, Gwangju (2016). She is currently co-editing a SAF monograph on the work of Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara with Hoor Al Qasimi. Younis holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Jordan (1997) and a Master of Research from Goldsmiths, University of London (2016).

Born in 1974 in Kuwait City, she currently lives in Amman.

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