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Bait Shouaib Art Residency '24 -

Marra Balady

24.01.24- 28.03.24


Tamara Kalo

(Born in Saida, 1994) is an interdisciplinary artist based between Riyadh and Beirut. She was formally trained in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley (2016). Her practice is informed by embodied knowledge and guided by research to investigate narratives that shape home, displacement and collective memory. She incorporates light- and time-based media such as video, sculpture, performance and alternative photography. Tamara was co-commissioned for public installations in Jeddah, for Hayy Jameel’s inaugural facade (2021), in Riyadh for Noor Riyadh Light Festival (2022) as well as Fenaa Alawwal (2023). She was one of the recipients of the Maan Grant in 2021 and has recently exhibited at MMAG in Amman. 


Abdulla Buhiji

(b. 1994, Bahrain), currently lives and works in Dubai. Abdulla Buhijji is a Bahraini research-based experimental artist. He holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Product Design (BrunelUniversity London, 2017). His practice involves a deep engagement with both his personal narrative and the wider societal and environmental contexts, focusing on using folklore as a tool for inquiry, assemblage and multidimensional logic. Buhijji was commissioned for permanent installations in Sharjah (2021) and Dubai (2023). He was awarded 2nd place in the 45th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition (2019), and was one of the recipients of Misk Art Institute Grant (2023) in Riyadh. His work was showcased in regional and international exhibitions, including La Biennale Paris (2019). He was recently selected to be part of institute of postnatural studies program in Madrid (2024). Amongst his artistic practice, Abdulla curated several public art exhibitions in Bahrain and is part of the duo-collective Theories of Imagination (TOFI).


Badr Ali

Meet Badr Ali (b. 1992) is a Painter living and working between Jeddah and Berlin. Badr explores the use of gestural drawing as an integral tool within his studio practice. Using drawing to record information, sensations, experiences and ideas which are later translated into other formats such as printmaking, painting or a combination of both. Badr highlights the importance of drawing as a method of communication with our subconscious to further understand ourselves and others. With a background in classical painting, Badr utilises different skillsets and layers them in tandem within his body of work to further discuss our perception of tradition and modernity within art.


Alana Alireza

Saudi-Swiss independent curator based between Germany and Switzerland. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, focusing on Critical Art Theory and Gender Studies. In New York, she worked for the curatorial department of MoMA PS1 and the non-profit public arts organization Creative Time. After New York, Alana pursued her career at Karma International Gallery in Zürich, working on the creative direction of the space and with artists such as Simone Fattal and Sylvie Fleury. In Madrid, she completed a sabbatical at the art production house Factum Arte, working with Marina Abramovic on her prolific solo show at the Royal Academy of Arts. Since then, she has pursued a career as an independent curator, curating exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany and, most recently, curating an event at the Kunsthaus in Zürich. Alana has been selected to co-curate Kunstforum Baloise Park in Basel this summer, 2024.

Marra Balady

Curated by Alana Alireza


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