The Arab Women Artists To Follow

Mona Hatoum was born in Beirut to Palestinian family in 1952. She uses her past as a way to reflect on larger themes of power, violence, surveillance, and racial and gender politics—widespread concerns that cut across cultural divides. In the 1980s, her involvement with feminist and political action groups led to confrontational performance works that intensely focused on the body, her commentary on politics, and on gender and difference as she explores the dangers and confines of the domestic world.

(Featured art: Measures of Distance, 1988)

Yumna Al-Arashi 

Yumna Al-Arashi is a London based photographer, filmmaker and writer. Born in Washington, DC in 1988, Yumna’s work is often approached from an anthropological lens where she portrays the cultural nuances of what it means to be Muslim and a woman. Her art “is an inquisitive study that delves deep into various societies and different cultures from around the world”. She translates these experiences on multiple visual platforms through short films and photographs

(Featured Shot: Shedding Skin, 2017)

Ghada Amer

Born in Egypt in 1963, Ghada Amer has spent the last twenty-five years creating installations and embroidered paintings exploring women’s self-determination and sexual independence. Her art acts as an exploration and commentary on issues such as the female submission to the tyranny of domestic life, the celebration of female sexuality and pleasure, the incomprehensibility of love and the foolishness of war and violence. 

(Featured art: Julia’s Pink, 1963)

Dima Karout

Dima Karout is a Syrian Canadian visual artist. She works with mixed materials and creates installations. In images and words, her artwork reflects on humans struggles in dealing with memories, the loss of home, visible and invisible borders, exile and the quest for identity.Dima presents installations combining images based on photos she has captured in different cities around the world and texts that express the consequences of displaced lives in the challenging world we all share today. 

(Featured installation: Nasher, 2018)

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