Asma Belhamar’s work explores the phenomenon of the 'megastructure' in the UAE and its confrontation with the visual memory of the land. Her highly technical craft transforms these megastructures into visual poetry and questions how they have impacted our perception of reality in the Emirates. Belhamar’s visual studies are a reflection that gets ever more superlative. Her practice is largely driven by experimentations with fabric and paper, printing and projection techniques. She merges architectural and organic elements in the construction of her dimensional hybrid spaces. She completed the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF), in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Abu Dhabi (2014), and she was awarded the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award in the Fine Arts category (2011). She completed an MFA degree in textile design from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, US (2017). Belhamar is currently an assistant professor at Zayed University in the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises.
About the Artworks
The series presented showcase Asma Belhamar’s shapeshifting structures that borrow organic elements from the landscape and marry them with the rigidity of contemporary megastructures of the United Arab Emirates. Belhamar’s highly technical craft questions how megastructures have impacted our perception of reality in the Emirates. Her visual studies are a reflection that gets ever more superlative.
2017, Place, Memory, Time, 1stdibs Gallery, New York
2015, Art: Process & Practice, Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship(SEAF) exhibition at Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi