Asiya Al Sharabi
Dates of residency: May 23- July 3thd
Lives and work: Virginia, United States
Education: Bachelor of art at University of Sana'a Yemen
Bio/Statement: Asiya AlSharabi is a Yemeni free lens photographer. She started as a photojournalist then shifted to art marking.
Yemen is a challenging place for women to excel in their career. Especially with Asiya's subject matter: documenting Yemeni women who are socially not allowed to show their identity through photography.
Despite all of this, viewers would see women represented in her photographs stripped of their identity but still maintaining their beauty and unique outfits.
She uses a self developed technique that expresses focuses not only on aesthetics, but also on underlying struggles of the model. The technique is a combination of digital photography and hand painting.
In April 2010, her photo "Fear" was featured in front cover of the "Yemen Today" Magazine for celebrating "International Women's Day"
In 2009-2010 she was selected as the first Yemeni women to represent Yemen at the British Council first Cultural Leadership International program.
In 2013 she moved to the USA because of the strife in Yemen. While waiting to go back home she is now exhibiting her work at ArtWorks Gallery in Richmond.
Asiya was featured in Richmond Magazine, an article about her work and how she intends to make the most of the opportunity being in the U.S and away from home.