Asma Belhamar United Arab Emirates, b. 1988

Asma Belhamar (b. Dubai, 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice frequently confronts the visual memory of local landscapes. Through this anchoring theme, she merges architectural and organic elements translating into hybrid materiality. Informed by her interdisciplinary background in art and design, projects range in approach and material to offer a perspective considering the aesthetic and theoretical implications of vernacular architectural practices within the built environment. Asma’s works are largely observational, offering insight into the chronological history of architecture and responding to notions of perspective, time, and spatial memory.
Asma will participate in the upcoming 15th Sharjah Biennial (2023). She will also participate in Tales of Nostalgia, Misk Art Institute, Riyadh, KSA (2022). She recently produced a public sculpture for Expo2020 as part of its Public Arts Program curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh (2021). Additionally, her works have been shown in a number of exhibitions at home and abroad, including Disconnect & Reconnect, Part Two, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2022); Disconnect & Reconnect, Part One, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2022); Between Sky and Earth, Middle East Institute, Washington, DC, USA (2021); Playing Spaces, Engage 101, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE (2020); March Project 2019 Exhibition, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Emerge II: Converging Lines (organised by Zayed University), Sestiere Dorsoduro 47, Venice, Italy (2019); UAE & Greece Cultural Week, Zappeion Exhibition Hall, Athens, Greece (2018); Place, Memory, Time, 1stDIBS Gallery, New York, NY, USA (2017); Art: Process & Practice (SEAF Cohort 1 Show), Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016); Material Reality, Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island, USA (2016); Markers & Makers, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016); Crossing the Emirates II, FN Design, Dubai, UAE; and Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, UAE (2011).
Asma completed the March Project Residency, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Porthmeor Artist’s Residency, St. Ives, UK (2019); and the Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist’s Fellowship (SEAF), in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Abu Dhabi, UAE (2014). She was awarded the Sheikha Manal Young Artists Award in the Fine Arts category, Dubai, UAE (2011).
Asma works as an Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. She holds an MFA in Textile Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, USA (2017) and a BA in Visual Arts from Zayed University, Dubai, UAE (2012).