Sophia Al-Maria: BCE

Whitechapel Gallery, London


Taking her cues from science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, the Qatari-American artist and writer Sophia Al-Maria presents here a collection of stories, garnered from diverse sources, which seek to present a feminist understanding of narrative as the province of the ‘gatherer’ as opposed to the ‘heroic, masculine hunter’. The exhibition takes the form of an audio-visual display that draws on a year’s worth of readings and performances, based around two creation myths – that of the Wayuu tribe of northern Columbia, and one created by Al-Maria in collaboration with the writer and performer Victoria Sin. Find out more from the Whitechapel Gallery’s website. 

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Sophia Al-Maria, photographed in 2018. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery


EVERYTHING MUST GO (2017), Sophia Al-Maria. Courtesy Third Line Gallery

Black Friday , Sophie Al-Maria

Black Friday (installation view; 2016), Sophie Al-Maria. Courtesy Third Line Gallery

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