Sarah Abu-Abdallah’s (b.1990 in Qatif, KSA where she lives and works) work challenges the impossible by piecing together improbable elements and connections as a gesture of hope and outlet for new narratives through video, installation, poetry, images and conversations. Initially trained as a painter, Sarah Abu Abdallah was later attracted to the documentary capacities of the camera, as well as the possibilities inherent in video and performance, leading her to create multimedia works. Through references to gender roles and the female experience, Abu Abdullah's explores issues of obscurity and value, probing the social and cultural conditions of contemporary Saudi Arabia.
Abu Abdallah earned a Masters in Digital Media Art Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, USA, and BFA from The College of Art and Design at the University of Sharjah.
Her most recent solo show; For the Long Time in a Long Time, Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2019. Her work has been shown in Al Obour, SAC 2019, Jeddah, KSA; Gwangju Biennial 2018 South Korea; Do it Arabic, (2018) Sharjah, UAE; Fluidity in Kunstverein (2016) Hamburg, Germany; Co-Workers in Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2015-16); Prospectif Cinéma /Filter Bubble in Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Chicago Underground film festival, USA and Luma Foundation (2015), Zurich, Switzerland; Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), UAE; Serpentine Galleries 89plus Marathons, (2013) London, UK; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Rhizoma and the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Italy; amongst others.
She is the recipient of the Sharjah Art Foundation production program grant (2016) in collaboration with Josh Bitelli for their project To Gaze at Ten Suns Shining. And a shortlisted artist for Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2017.