Guided by Fairuz’ melodies during his entire stay, Ibi set out to explore the intimate relationship between the iconic singer and her listeners, culminating in a video installation that reflects her unifying strength which transcends political and religious frictions.  A second installation brings together the tangible harshness cutting up the streets of Beirut, engaging in a vulnerable dialogue with the artists’ own emotional struggles.

Born in the United States but raised throughout the the Middle East, between Yemen, Libya, Iraq and the Unites Arab Emirates, Ibrahim reflects his multi-cultural mindset through his works of photography and film. While many of his pieces are based on his own life-experiences, they often address controversial topics which conflict with the traditional Yemeni society he comes from. Ibrahim's work touches upon issues of sexuality, gender, and tradition and through his unfiltered images, he has succeeded in instigating heated discussions between Yemeni youth regarding the social and cultural effects of the widespread conservatism which has grown in his country and the region over the last forty years.  

Ibi Ibrahim

Dates of residency: January - February 2016
Born: 1987
Hometown: Sanaa
Lives and works: Berlin, Germany
URL: http://www.ibiibrahim.com/
Selected shows:
2017 Departure / ArrivalThe Lab Space, Darat Al Funun, Amman
2016  Beyond Borders, Blain Southern Gallery, London
2015  Remigrating Yemenite Voices, Spraechsaal, Berlin
2014 JAMM Art Gallery Booth,  Art14, London