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Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1983, USA

Sophia Al-Maria Biography

Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer and filmmaker. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. For the past few years, she has been carrying out research around the concept of Gulf Futurism. Her primary interests are around the isolation of individuals via technology and reactionary Islam, the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry, and the erasure of history and the blinding approach of a future no one is ready for. She explores these ideas with certain guidebooks and ideas including, but not limited to, Zizek’s The Desert of the Unreal, As-Sufi’s Islamic Book of the Dead, as well as imagery from Islamic eschatology, post humanism and the global mythos of Science Fiction.

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Her work has been exhibited in various institutional shows around the world, including Beast Type Song, Tate Britain, London, UK (2019); Project Room #10, Sophia Al-Maria, Mirror Cookie, Fondazione Pomodoro, Milan, Italy (2019); Sophia Al-Maria: BCE, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2019); Black Friday, Mercer Union, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (2018); I Hear You Laughing, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway (2017); Biennale of Moving Images, Miami, USA (2017); Axis Mundi, High Line Art, New York, USA (2017); No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effect, CCS Bard Gallery, NY, USA (2017); Mondialite, Villa Empain Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium (2017); The New Normal, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing China (2017); Seeds of Time, Shanghai Project, Shanghai, China (2017); Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (2017); Paratoxic Paradoxes, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2017); Eternal Youth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (2017); Black Friday, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA (2016); Repetition, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Imitation of Life at HOME, Manchester (2016); In Search of Lost Time, The Brunei Gallery, London (2016); 89plus: Filter Bubble, LUMA Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland (2015); 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, NY, USA (2015); Common Grounds, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2015); Extinctions Marathon: Visions of the Future, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2014); Virgin with a memory, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (2014); Do It, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); The 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012); For your Eyes Only, St. Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2012); Dowse Museum, Wellington, New Zealand (2012); Genre Specific Xperience, New Museum, New York, NY, USA (2011); Bendari & the Bunduqia, Waqif Art Centre, Doha, Qatar (2007) and We Few: A Comic Palindrome, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (2005).

Her writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Five Dials, Triple Canopy, and Bidoun. In 2007, she published her first autobiographical novel, The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Collins Perennial). She was invited to participate in the 2016 Biennial of Moving Images in Geneva, Switzerland. The artist has also participated in the Inhabitation residency at Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2016).

Sophia is the author of Sad Sack, Virgin With A Memory and The Girl Who Fell To Earth and has also guest edited an issue of the experimental art-writing journal The Happy Hypocrite, entitled 'Fresh Hell'.

The artist currently lives and works in London, UK.

Text courtesy The Third Line.

Farah Al Qasimi, Curtain Shop (2019) (detail). Archival inkjet print. 102 x 76 cm. Courtesy The Third Line. 

Sophia Al-Maria Featured Artworks

Greenhouse Glow by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaGreenhouse Glow, 2017Digital print
24 x 42 cm
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Certified by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaCertified, 2017Digital print
24 x 42 cm
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Black Friday by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaBlack Friday, 2016Digital video projected vertically, colour, sound, 16 min 36 sec
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Age Defiant by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaAge Defiant, 2017Digital print
24 x 42 cm
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Attack by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaAttack, 2017Digital print
24 x 42 cm
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Ballistic by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaBallistic, 2017Digital print
24 x 42 cm
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Scrub by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaScrub, 2017Digital print
24 x 42 cm
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Black Friday by Sophia Al-Maria contemporary artwork
Sophia Al-MariaBlack Friday, 2016Digital video projected vertically, colour, sound, 16 mins 26 sec
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Sophia Al-Maria Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, There Is Fiction In The Space Between at The Third Line, Dubai
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23 March–31 May 2020 Group Exhibition There Is Fiction In The Space Between The Third Line, Dubai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I Will See It, When I Believe It at The Third Line, Dubai
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15 May–25 July 2019 Group Exhibition I Will See It, When I Believe It The Third Line, Dubai

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Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth Ocula Conversation Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth By Tendai John Mutambu, London

With Beast Type Song on view at Tate Britain to 23 February, her first solo exhibition in Germany opening at Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf this March, and a Serpentine Galleries commission launching in summer 2020, Sophia Al-Maria discusses her relationship to literature, screenwriting, and poetry.

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