Shamma Amri Speak Tashkeel
Shamma Al Amri’s “So to Speak” at Tashkeel
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A solo exhibition So to Speak by UAE artist Shamma Al Amri who is a participant of the Tashkeel’s Critical Practice Programme 2022 will be held at Tashkeel from the 14th of September until the 25th of October, 2022. Shamma Al Amri has been conducting a research into language, meaning and social behaviour and the exhibition investigates it. 

For one year, the Tashkeel Critical Practice Programme gives practicing contemporary artists living and working in the UAE a wonderful opportunity to have a studio as well as it provides them with critique and production. The programme results in a solo exhibition or a publication.

Photo: Tashkeel

Artist Shamma Al Amri holds two MA degrees: the first in Culture and Creative Industries from Abu Dhabi HCT and the second in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art in London. She has founded various cultural projects, for example, The Nomad Box, Majhool and bleep. Moreover, the artist is a co founder and a member of The Arab Art Saloon in London.

The Tashkeel Critical Practice programme was organised considering Shamma’s practice and areas of research. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, a famous typographer, writer and graphic designer, and acclaimed artist Mohammed Kazem were her mentors who built, challenged and guided her.

Shamma Al Amri, ‘Diction’. Dyed newspaper, hand-cut words. Photo: Tashkeel

Shamma Al Amri has been analysing the specific use of language in oaths which resulted in her developing her own ‘artist oath’ while studying habitual and customary words. 

The artist is interested in Arabic texts as well as their visual and theoretical implications as a means of shifting and expanding systems of engagement today. She offers viewers to study language as an expression of an image and meaning.

Bending Directions (Abubaker, Abdulrahman). Bent metal rod made by construction workers. Photo: Shamma Al Amri

The exhibition opening reception will be held on Tuesday, the 13th of September, 2022, at 6pm at Tashkeel Studio and Gallery.

To learn more, please visit the official web page of the event.

You may also be interested in visiting the exhibition called “Khaleej Modern: Pioneers and Collectives in the Arabian Peninsula”.