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Salama Nasib

MA work

Shadows Series - سلسلة الظل

Shadow series illustrates the transitions of time, roles, emotions, and memories through the use of shadows. Referencing the family photo album of a trip to India around 1998, the artist looks closely at an intimate series of photos of her and her mother, concentrating on the main gesture of care and touch, and the reversed transition of their roles throughout the years. 

The use of the photos depict memories of the past, hence the manipulation of the photos and the emphasis on the dreamy look. Whereas the addition of the blind embossing layer as the shadows suggests the current reality alongside the desired reality. The addition of the audio gives a romantic illusion of prints speaking and narrating the story to the audience, as if those memories are in fact traveling through time.  

This very intimate series helps the artist cope with the inevitable transition of roles between her and her mother, appreciating every moment spent together throughout this journey of life. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Print, 2018

  • Salama Nasib’s practice is best described as intimate, meditative, and interactive. Intimate about her subject matter, meditative with her print application, and interactive with the audience. Salama’s interest revolves around the subject of memory, and all the ideas surrounding it including remembering, forgetting, and false memories. The personal struggle of holding on to certain precious memories heavily influenced her recent practice, and thus finding printmaking as the best outlet to depict this struggle and to meditate. Her recent research consists of using old family photo albums as a reference to the past, transitioning to the realistic present and to the desired future through the multiple layering and applications of various print techniques including photo-lithography, solar printing, and blind embossing. Her recent experiments also involve recording and composing her own voice as an added layer to the prints, giving the illusion of spoken prints, or better described as spoken memories. Through the use of sound alongside her prints, Salama successfully engages the audience with her work, immersing them in intimate dialogues for unforgettable experiences. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Visual Art, College of Art and Creative Enterprises (CACE), Zayed University, 2011
  • Experience

  • Studio Coordinator, Tashkeel, Dubai, 2011-2015; Studio Assistant, Tashkeel, Dubai, 2009-2011; Printmaking workshop leader, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, East Lansing Michigan, 2014-2016; Printmaker Assistant (Bob Dahm), American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, 2013; Intern at the 56th Venice Biennale, UAE Pavilion, Venice, 2015; Intern, Art Dubai, Dubai, 2010-2011
  • Exhibitions

  • "Portrait of A Nation" traveling show, MeCollectorsRoom, Berlin, 2017; "Past Forward" traveling show, Broad Museum, East Lansing Michigan, 2015; "Hold Your Horses, Hold Them And Never Let Them Go", CGP, London, 2018; Art Nomads - Made in the Emirates, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2016; "The Woven Heritage International Miniature Printmaking Show", Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai, 2017; "Art: Process and Practices", Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, 2015
  • Awards

  • Fellowship, Salama Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF), 2013-2014; Augustus Martin Prize for Print and innovation, 2018