Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer and filmmaker. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. For the past few years, she has been carrying out research around the concept of Gulf Futurism. Her primary interests are around the isolation of individuals via technology and reactionary Islam, the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry, and the erasure of history and the blinding approach of a future no one is ready for. She explores these ideas with certain guidebooks and ideas including, but not limited to, Zizek’s The Desert of the Unreal, As-Sufi’s Islamic Book of the Dead, as well as imagery from Islamic eschatology, post humanism and the global mythos of Science Fiction.

Sophia Al-Maria
Sophia Al-Maria
Tacoma, 1983

Current Exhibitions

02 Oct — 08 Dec
Inaugurating during Frieze Art Week, the collective exhibition by the Vinyl Factory features new works by major international artist. The show explores ideas of identity, representation and self-image while questioning how coming together to take action...
20 Sep — 26 Jan
Curated by Nathan Ladd, the exhibition at Tate Britain –  part of the exhibition series “Art Now” – premieres the artist’s new film “Beast Type Song“,...

Past Exhibitions

Sophia Al-Maria: Mirror Cookie

Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro
14/03/2019 — 31/05/2019

Beloved Bodies II

Barjeel Art Foundation
01/03/2017 — 01/10/2017

We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss

Fahrenheit 17/09/2016 — 10/12/2016

Sophia Al-Maria: Black Friday

Whitney Museum of American Art
26/07/2016 — 31/10/2016

Solo Shows

Vision Quests, Tate Britain, London, UK
Project Room #10, Sophia Al-Maria, Mirror Cookie, Fondazione Pomodoro, Milan, Italy
Sophia Al-Maria: BCE, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Sophia Al Maria: Black Friday, Mercer Union, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
ilysm, Project Native Informant, London, UK

EVERYTHING MUST GO, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Black Friday, Whitney Museum, New York, USA
Imitation of Life, HOME, Manchester, UK

Virgin With a Memory, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

Group Shows

Voyage Around my Room, Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative, Athens, Greece

Biennale de l’Image Movement, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Berwick Film and Media Festival, Berwick, UK
Let’s Talk About The Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Putting Out, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, USA
I Was Raised on the Internet, MCA Chicago, Chicago, USA

I Hear You Laughing, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Thessaloniki Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece
Haunted Machines, Wicked Problems, Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
Too Much is Never Enough, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, Liverpool, UK
Analog Currency, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, USA
Biennale of Moving Images, Miami, USA
Axis Mundi, High Line Art, New York, USA
No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effect, CCS Bard Gallery, NY, USA
Mondialite, Villa Empain Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
The New Normal, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing China
Seeds of Time, Shanghai Project, Shanghai, China
Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid Spain
Paratoxic Paradoxes, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Eternal Youth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

Biennial of Moving Images (BIM), Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland
The King and the Mockingbird, Vermilion Sands, Copenhagen, Denmark
Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
Repetition, Villa Empain-Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
In Search of Lost Time, The Brunei Gallery, London, UK

89plus: Filer Bubble, LUMA Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland
Transformation Marathon, Serpentine Sackler Gallery/Serpentine radio, London, UK
Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?, Phoenix, Leicester, UK
2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, USA
Common Grounds, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

Here There (Huna Hunak), QM Gallery ALRIWAQ, Doha, Qatar
Extinctions Marathon: Visions of the Future, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Frieze projects, London, UK
Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?, ICA, London, UK
King Tide, The Bridge Commission Audio Walks, Serpentine Gallery Projects, London, UK
E-Vapor-8, Site Gallery, London, UK

Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
Do It, interactive exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Manchester Art Gallery, UK
Pop-Up Mathaf: Mapping Arab Literature in London, panel discussion at the Ehtifal Festival,
Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Secret Garden Party, experimental interactive town hall meeting, Huntingdon, UK

Quatermass and the Rig, Performance and Slideshow, New York, USA
Desert Strike, Album Launch for Fatima Al Qadiri, New York, USA
SFW VHS, Impakt Art Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Scout, Gwanju Biennale, South Korea
For Your Eyes Only, St. Paul Street Gallery, Auckland; Dowse Museum, Wellington, New Zealand
The Gulf Colloquy Compendium, Global Art Forum, Dubai, UAE

Genre Specific Xperience, New Museum, New York, USA

21 for the Dicennium, Magazine Show curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Du Magazine
Camp Ass, The Island, London, UK
SFW Tour, Performance Piece, Art Dubai, UAE

Bendari & the Bunduqia, Waqif Art Centre, Doha, Qatar
Rounds, DETOUR International Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt

We Few: A Comic Palindrome, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Tacoma Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1983 Lives in: London