Layla Juma United Arab Emirates, b. 1977

Layla Juma (Sharjah, 1977) is a multidisciplinary artist from the Emirates. An artist as well as architectural engineer, Juma is interested in compositions of visible and felt connections. Experimenting with abstract concepts and physical forms, she explores links between elements of being. Her work is often open-ended yet balanced, where each composition presents a layer of traced links.

A member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society since the early 2000s, Juma is among the third-generation of Emirati artists and takes inspiration from prolific UAE conceptual pioneers – including Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem.

She participated in exhibitions in the UAE and internationally, including ‘From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in dialogue with the Emirates’, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2018); Portrait of a Nation’, Me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany (2017); ‘There Are Too Many Walls But Not Enough Bridges’, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland (2015); ‘Emirati Expressions III: Realised,’ Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2014); ‘MinD/Body,’ DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light, Dubai, UAE; Singapore Biennial (2008); and Cairo Biennial (2006).

Her works are in several collections in the UAE, including ADMAF, Environment Agency, and Al Dar Hotel & Hospitality in Abu Dhabi; Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah; JP Morgan Chase Bank in Dubai; and internationally in Art Towada Center, in Aomori, Japan.