In the last decade, artistic production has sky rocketed in the UAE, amongst the many emerging creatives is a number of notably talented young ladies. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Etihad Modern Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition made up of female artists who collectively showcase the Gulf’s new artistic identity.


The Artists

Amira Al Awadhi

Amira Al Awadhi was born in Dubai and currently lives in Sharjah. Through her analog photography, she deals with personal insecurities, social judgment and ways in which she deals and overcomes. Al Awadhi’s practice began with graphite portrait drawings and acrylic paintings. She only started photography in 2014. She was never a photographer but she fell in love with the process of developing film and printing it. She came to adore the intimacy of the darkroom where it was only her, her art and her music. Her first series, ICEBERG, won the photography category of the 2016 International Emerging Artist Award. In the same year, she was shortlisted for The Gulf Capital- ADMAF Creativity Award. In February 2016, her work was exhibited at the Greenville Museum of Fine Art, Greenville, NC, USA.

Alaa Mahmoud Alqedra

Alaa Mahmoud Alqedra is a Palestinian-Swedish artist born in Dubai, UAE. She graduated with honors from University of Sharjah’s College of Fine Arts and Design. She creates sculpture, installation, and drawing using household materials. Alqedra’s work playfully invites us to view our relationship with utilitarian objects. Alaa uses the material of concrete to recreate images that she remembers from her childhood — the dollhouse, Lego bricks, teddy bears, kitchen objects and other figurines of animals and dolls — and is now lost to her because the place that she now lives in and works is all about concrete. Her fondness for objects stems from her experience as a displaced Palestinian who is searching for familiarity in the foreign spaces that she passes through, creating a sense of belonging through these activated moments of asylum.

Mona Haddad

Mona Haddad is a visual artist from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; she graduated from Zayed University with a bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual arts. She use mixed  media in her work in a general way, her art diverse from printmaking, drawing and photography or mixed it as a whole artwork. As an artist she see Light as a vivid image of a specific dream that lives between people and she study it through her work in a diverse form that is issued by the relationship between dreams and reality. Mona has certain things that inspire her and the desire to make people look at their dreams and their feelings held into her work. Dreams is the deep concept of all her work as she tend to use dim lights and texture to touch in all of her work.

Fatima Ghazi Al Mohsen

Fatimah Almohsen was born in 1991 in Saudi Arabia , Dahran . She originated from Saudi Arabia, currently living in United Arab Emirates, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Sharjah in 2016. She works mostly with acrylic paint. Her works are inspired by personal experiences. She exhibited in Saudi Student Club at Zayed University –Dubai in 2014, and in Sharjah Heritage Museum in United Arab Emirates in 2015, and in Riwaq Gallery at the University of Sharjah.

Maisoon Al Saleh

Born in 1988, Emirati artist and entrepreneur Maisoon Al Saleh is active in her practice both in Dubai and internationally. She graduated from Zayed University in 2010, with a degree in Interior Design. Al Saleh’s first solo show was at the Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, in Autumn 2010. Al Saleh’s work has been exhibited in UAE at various exhibitions, including Art Dubai; Emirati Expression at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi; Farjam Foundation at DIFC, Dubai; and at Abu Dhabi Art 2017. Her works were also exhibited in Macedonian Museum, Greece; Palazzo TE Museum, Italy; Centro Cultural Caja GRANADA Memoria de Spain; Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; and Art Nomads – Made In The Emirates that’s presented by Etihad Modern Art Gallery at Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin.

Maitha Al Muhairy

Maitha Al Muhairy was born in Abu Dhabi and started drawing at an early age. In 2008, she received second place in the Virginia Commonwealth University of Qatar (VCUQ) Annual Design competition. Maitha graduated with a BA in Architectural Engineering. A mixed media artist, her work is a combination of graffiti and traditional graphite portraits.

Taqwa Al Naqbi

Taqwa Al Naqbi was born in 1994 in Khorfakkan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She currently lives and works in Sharjah. Alnaqbi completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University Of Sharjah in 2016. She works mostly with installations that incorporate hand-made papers and mixed media. Her works are inspired by personal experiences that came from her surroundings, which she savors and celebrates through her art. She had exhibited internationally and regionally including a group show in Greenville Exhibition with ECU Students in the United States of America in 2016; Budapest Art Market in Hungary on October 2015; Sharjah Heritage Museum in the United Arab Emirates on February 2015; and Art Nomads – Made in the Emirates in Berlin, Germany in December 2016.