Ebtisam Abdulaziz

Conceptual Art

Ebtisam AbdulAziz, born in 1975 Sharjah, UAE, lives between Abu Dhabi and Washington DC. Ebtisam is a multidisciplinary artist and writer, holds a bachelor’s degree in science and mathematics from the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. Abdulaziz incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces, video, paintings and works on paper. Her works are evidence of a fascination with systemic ways to produce emotionally or intellectually meaningful forms of expression. Combining the scientific with the arbitrary, at times juxtaposing the two in order to force the viewer to question their assumptions about rules in the natural and formulaic world. The variety in shapes and materials are exhibited for different purposes, Some document the accelerating times, others present an alternative concept to the accelerating change in our environment. Ebtisam dealt with everyday issues, specifically psychological poignancies; issues like life and death, happiness, sorrow, love, hate and jealousy, as well as human situations such as social injustice, equality, race, religions, women and political issues.

Abdulaziz has exhibited as part of the Inaugural UAE and ADACH Pavilions at 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as at the 7th & 10th Sharjah Biennial; Languages of the Desert, the Kunst Museum, Bonn, Germany; Dubai Next, a collaboration between the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Vitra Design Museum, Basel 2008; The Mori Art Museum, The Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, Benin Biennial 2012, Kora Centre, Benin. FotoFest Biennial, Art in Houston, Texas, US. Past Forward, contemporary art from the Emirates, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, East Lansing, MI, Fort Worth, TX, Lexington, KY, Dallas, TX, Spokane, WA. Cara Gallery, Smack Mellon gallery in New York. NYUAD Art Gallery, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

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