Hala Ali

“My work engages in the exploration of text, language and meaning. Ideas are represented through letters in order to explore the functions of the literary and its place within the wider visual arts context.”

1986 born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in the United Kingdom and the United Emirates. Lives in London.

Hala is a visual artist and spoken word poet currently  based in the UK. She received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Sharjah and an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths University. Her works deal with text, language and meaning and her poetry comments on women's issues in the Arab world. Ali’s blunt and argumentative works speak to ideas of female invisibility, militancy and social dogmas.

She has exhibited and performed in London, Vienna, Berlin, Istanbul and Dubai, and managed the Global Art Forum, a 6-day programme of talks run by Art Dubai. She is currently pursuing the Bar in the UK to become a Human Rights Barrister.

The New York Times, 19/01/2012:

[...] Women feature in the Edge of Arabia as artists and even as subjects. They address gender-specific issues, but also present statements applicable to any society in the world as demonstrated by Hala Ali, a 25-year-old fine arts graduate from the University of Sharjah who is based in Dubai.

In this show, her installation “Brainwash” depicts car-wash brushes made from newspapers compressed between two flat metal clamps.

“Brainwash represents the removal of literal, inscribed language as a medium, toying with the idea of the visual pun,” she said last week by telephone from Dubai. “It openly ensconces political intent and a latent distrust of information.” [...] Read the full article here.

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