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Shamma Al Amri

MA work

The Color Between Blue and Yellow, 2018

The Color Between Blue and Yellow explores concepts of foreignness through the investigation of language, body and the collective act.

It explores ideas on mimicry and alterity within the frame work of inclusion/exclusion - inside and out.

The work also contests concepts of hybridity, binaries and the splits that occur in between.

The instillation at show is concealed by the digital work "Shades of Green" to maintain a level of inaccessibility and a persistent right to opacity.

The reference of color is also a reference of race, idioms and political associations.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018



  • An aporetic and non-indexical sentiments of Arab poetical / political fervor.

    Researching concepts of being "other" as outsider, as shadow, as post colonial subject and as a singular vs collective body through examining the rhetoric of the global vs the local.

    Explores language through subversion, binaries and contests theories of hybridity through exposing discrepancies in narrative and context.

    Shamma often works with historical events or anecdotes in parallel with contemporary found image or video to create scientific like analytical accounts through systems of equivalencies often cultivating absurdity as a form of protest.

  • Degrees

  • MA Culture and Creative Industries, Higher Colleges of Technology Abu Dhabi, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Crescent/Increscent, Arab Art Salon, Sager House, London 2018; Equal Voices in the Room, RCA Dyson Gallery, London 2018; Becoming, RCA Dyson Gallery, London 2017; From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi 2018; Past Forward, Meridian International Center, Washington DC, 2016; Public Privacy, DUCTAC, Dubai, 2015; Time and Space Matter, Project D, Dubai, 2013; Art Dubai, Tashkeel Gallery, Dubai, 2013; Mawtini, Tashkeel Gallery, Dubai, 2012; Perceptions, Third Line Gallery, Dubai, 2006
  • Conferences

  • Art Without Artists - Agency through the absence of authorship, binaries and collectivism, Sawt (b): Flag Continent, a geopolitical study of continent, Tate Modern, 2018