Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series
International artist Yara El-Sherbini will be giving a talk about her interdisciplinary practice; playful in nature, socio-politically engaged and thoroughly enjoyable.
Join her as she speaks about her recents works, which often use popular culture as an access point, discussing how she roots her work in deeply political subjects ranging from borders, identity and the production of knowledge with a lightness of touch.
She will discuss how her practice, which is rooted in site, context and audience, opens who and how people engage with her contemporary practice, and how she uses play, humour and participation to make work that is an entry point for dialogue and discussion.
The artist will also speak about collaboration, collaborative practice and social practice with artist Aya Haidar.
Yara El-Sherbini is an interdisciplinary artist who uses humor and play to create socially and politically engaged work, that probes how we know what we know. She lives and works between California and the UK.
She regularly shows work nationally and internationally. The National Trust. Recent exhibitions the CUE Art Foundation, Venice Biennale, Tate, Case Arabe, San Telmo Museum of Art, Madrid; ZKM, Germany; and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, Hayward Gallery, Somerset House, The RCA, National Portrait Gallery, David Roberts Art Foundation, National Maritime Museum, Modern Art Oxford, The Victoria & Albert, Iniva, Manchester Art Gallery; Arnolfini, IKON gallery, BALTIC.
El-Sherbini is also part of artist duo YARA + DAVINA, who are currently touring a major public artwork Arrivals + Departures, about birth and death, internationally in 2021 and 2022, as well as working on commissions including the Museum of the Home;The Royal Docks, and Liberty Festival (Halton, Corby and Leicester).
Aya Haidar graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, during which she completed an exchange program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She then went on to graduate with an MSc in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
International solo and group exhibitions include Cromwell Place, London, Cubitt, London, Art Berlin Contemporary, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Bischoff Weiss, London, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, Jeddah 21,39, Mosaic Rooms, London, Casa Arabe, Madrid, Beirut Art Week, FIAC, Paris, Art Dubai, Abu Dhabi Art, and Art Istanbul.
Aya has been involved in numerous social engagement projects, including Mosaic Rooms’ Together Apart: Lockdown Diaries, INIVA’s A Place for Conversation, V&A’s Record, Resist, Reframe, Tate’s Illuminating Cultures program and INIVA’s Emotional Learning Cards, as well as being selected for Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hoor Al Qasemi’s Do It Arab project (2016).
Artist Residencies include Deveron projects (Aberdeenshire) and Cubitt Arts (London).
Publications include, De Fil En Aiguille by Charlotte Vannier, Tribe Magazine, Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and Iran by Saeb Eigner, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, The National, Contemporary Practices and ELLE Magazine.
Yara El-Sherbini: Forms of Regulation and Control, curated by Naeem Mohaiemen, at CUE Art Foundation
Yara + Davina: An introduction to collaborative project 'Arrivals + Departures'