Almaha Almaadeed: Inspired by the Land

Past Exhibition

This project questions the effects of urbanisation in Qatar on re-engagement with nature. The artistic process involved contextualising family archives, while the curatorial methodology employed an interdisciplinary reading; encouraging the audience to view Almaha’s work from multiple perspectives. Modern literary thought from the Gulf has informed the conceptual lens, primarily Cities of Salt (Abdul Rahman Munif, 1984).

Curated by Noora Abdulmajeed
Curatorial Assistant: Aisha Al Moftah

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One of the main inspirations in my artistic practice is what surrounds me. For example, the knowledge I acquired from my family about natural history and its interrelation with heritage and cultural identity.

Almaha Almaadeed


Almaha Almaadeed is a Qatari artist, living and working in Qatar. Her work narrates around the practice of archiving cultural memory and family history. Referring to herself as a “naturalist”, she enjoys exploring the desert landscapes and flora of Qatar. The artist re-visits natural areas that are depicted in oral literature and family archives. Almaha usually works across a wide variety of media such as charcoal, oil paints, papermaking and sometimes photography. She holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking with a minor in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.