Asma Belhamar’s interdisciplinary practice explores the phenomenon of the megastructure in the Emirates and its impact on the topographical memory of local landscapes. Through installation, experimental print, video and three-dimensional modelling, she synthesises the architectural and the organic to construct hybrid spaces that engage with notions of temporality and spatial memory. Her practice is driven by a desire to illustrate the effect that various architectural trends have had on perceptions of the Emirates both locally and globally.
Belhamar is an assistant professor at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Dubai (2017–present).
Belhamar’s works have been shown at a number of exhibitions in the UAE, including Art: Distorted Familiarities, Expo2020, Dubai (2021–2022); Facade Observation, Engage101, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai (2020); and Process & Practice, Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) exhibition at Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi (2015). Her work has also been presented in Place, Memory, Time, 1stdibs Gallery, New York (2017).
She completed the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, Abu Dhabi (2014), and she was awarded the Shaikha Manal Young Artist Award in the fine arts category (2011).
Belhamar received a BFA in Visual Arts from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Dubai (2012), and an MFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA (2017).
She was born in 1988 in Dubai, where she continues to live and work.
Sharjah Biennial 15 (2023)
March Project 2019
March Project 2019 Exhibition
March Project is an educational residency programme that provides opportunities for artists to research, realise and present site-specific works.
Sharjah Biennial 15
Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present