Sarah Al Agroobi

Artist

Short Bio:

Via her multi-disciplinary practice, Sarah Al Agroobi explores notions of Emirati stereotypes within both Middle Eastern and Western contexts. There is no single, unifying aesthetic to her work, which broadly ranges across typography, film, sculpture, furniture design, 3D-installations, print and time-based media. Her practice mines collective experiences with works that portray an agile simplicity of expression. She devises elegant solutions to cultural conundrums, synthesising complex data or social concepts into expressive sculptures, beautiful interactive infographics and practical solutions.

This aptitude has resulted in several significant commissions including art direction and design for the UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2014). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in visual communications from the American University of Sharjah. In 2016, she embarked on a Master's degree at the Royal College of Arts in London, supported by ADMAF.

She is the recipient of several awards, including two Sheikha Manal Young Artist Awards. She has received critical acclaim on the film festival circuit, including a screening at the short film corner at Cannes. Her works have garnered attention from leading design magazines ESTRO, ID and Close-Up and have been exhibited regionally and internationally at Salone del Mobile, Milan (2012), Istanbul Design Week (2014) the Venice Biennale (2011 and 2014) and Sarah the 2016 Abu Dhabi Festival exhibition, ‘Portrait of a Nation’.


Artists' Statement:

“My works do not look the same but share a common thread, which is their cultural component, a semantic or cultural concept I am exploring. Often, they are respective of my life, with each piece contributing to the artist that I am. That said, my practice is equally shaped by different sources of materiality as it is by concepts. These material investigations often allow me to do things I’ve never done before – it’s about seeing how far I can push the material and how far the material can push me.”


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