Alia Hussain Lootah United Arab Emirates, b. 1987

Alia Hussain Lootah (Dubai, 1987) is an Emirati artist, a mother of four, and the co-founder of Medaf Studio in Dubai. Alia’s current work focuses on bodies of art with the theme of understanding the interpersonal relationship between mother and child in today’s modern world. Uncertainty stems from both external and internal factors of unrest.

Alia started her art career in 2011, participating in her first exhibition at Dubai-based ARA gallery. She has participated in Metamorphoses, Tashkeel, Dubai (2013); Mawtini, Tashkeel, Dubai (2013); and Sikka Art Fair (2011, 2012, and 2013). Alia participated as one of the first artists in the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship Program (SEAF), graduating in 2014. Her SEAF thesis focused on exploring motherhood through different forms of sculptures. In 2017, Lootah co-founded the Medaf Studio in Dubai, an art centre aimed at introducing children and adults to art as a form of self-expression and creativity.