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Budur, Omanis Under Water series

Size/34 x 45.5 cm
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Mufuddel, Omanis Under Water series

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Muna, Omanis Under Water series

Size/45.5 x 60 cm
Price/$1,755

Badr, Omanis Under Water series

Size/45.5 x 60 cm
Price/$1,755

Sayed, Omanis Under Water series

Size/45.5 x 60 cm
Price/$1,755

Osama, Omanis Under Water series

Size/90 x 120 cm
Price/$4,590

Estabrak Al-Ansari

Birth Year

Country of birth

Country of residence

1986

Iran/Iraq

London, UK

Artist’s Story

Estabrak Al-Ansari is a visual artist & film maker based between London and Muscat / Estabrak’s works are fuelled by the concepts of existing in places we cannot exist in for long periods of time, something well represented through the use of water in her latest prize winning, limited edition, underwater photographic series ‘Omanis Under Water’ / The series looks at the ignored socio-political discourses of society through a simple but complex matter that connects us all; water / Estabrak aims to shine a light on some of those traditions gone unnoticed via the normalisation of societal uniform and modern expectations / With an arts background from Central Saint Martins and a Master's in film and media production, she has been a part of pioneering projects such as ‘Imagine Art After’ and has had her work presented to the UN as well as being commissioned and supported by numerous organisations including ‘The Helen Tetlow Memorial Fund’ and ‘The Alserkal Cultural Foundation’ / Previous works have been showcased internationally across New York, Dubai, Berlin and London, exhibiting along the way at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and Tate Britain/

Full CV

Residencies

2018
Sacatar Residency, Bahia – Brazil

2017

SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) Residency, Brighton – UK

Solo Exhibitions

2015

Debut solo show ‘Consciousness’, Sarah Gallery, Muscat – Oman

Group Exhibitions

2017

‘Tales of the Mother tongue: Part 02&03’, AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts & Culture) funded performance project, Morocco

Annual exhibition of artworks rejected by the RA Summer exhibition, Salon des Refusés, London – UK

‘Thread of Light’, P21 Gallery, London – UK

‘Society and Culture’, Meet the Artist and Creative Debuts, London – UK

‘Video Art day #WarRemembrance’, Venice – Italy

2016

‘I want my country back’, Art Licks Weekend official selection, London – UK

Watercolour portrait paintings, Meet the Artists, London – UK

‘Vantage Point Sharjah 04’, Sharjah Arts Foundation, Sharjah – UAE

‘Omanis Under Water’, Royal Academy of Arts, London – UK

‘Tales of the Mother Tongue’, B#SIDE WARE festival, Venice – Italy

‘Omanis Under Water’, Socially Engaged Art Salon, Brighton – UK

Live Projection Painting (LPP) ‘Parallel projects’, ‘Tales of the Mother Tongue’, 6th Marrakech Bienniale, Marrakech – Morocco

‘Omanis Under Water’, ARTROOMS, London – UK

Painting projection, Loud Art, Muscat – Oman

2015

‘Omanis Under Water’, Art Jameel Photographic prize, Jeddah – Saudi Arabia

Live Projection Painting (LPP), Art Sawa, Dubai – UAE

Sikka Art Fair, Heritage House (part of Alserkal exhibition), Dubai – UAE

‘Place of Silence’, Stal Gallery, Muscat – Oman

2014

‘The Master’s Revenge’ Poetry Short Film, 7th Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Literaturwerkstatt, Berlin – Germany

2013

Live Projection Painting (LPP) ‘Eid Fatima’, CineAlt, Marrakech – Morocco

Live Projection Painting (LPP) ‘Transcendence & Transformation’, Collaboration with Thre3 strokes, Centro de Experimentacão e Criacão Artística, Loule – Portugal

Passing Clouds ‘Lyrically Challenged’, London – UK

2012

Live Projection Painting (LPP) ‘Panomega’, Arts Omega, London – UK

Concrete ‘Le Scratch’, London – UK

2011

‘Caterpillars & butterflies’ short film, Northern Lights Film Festival, London – UK

2010

MA ‘Caterpillars & butterflies’ short film, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield – UK

2008

‘Self portrait with Aunt & Rebecca’ Two channel video installation, TATE Britain & ‘Imagine Art After’, London – UK

2005

Online photographic exhibition ‘Imagine Art After’, Guardian Unlimited Online, London – UK

Career Highlights

  • 2016 – Recipient of AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) Performing Arts Grant for unique performance based process of storytelling
  • 2016 – ‘Omanis Under Water’, Royal Academy of Arts, London – UK
  • 2016 – Live Projection Painting (LPP) ‘Parallel projects’, ‘Tales of the Mother Tongue’, 6th Marrakech Bienniale, Marrakech – Morocco
  • 2016 – Danny Wilson Memorial Award, Curators Choice Award at the Brighton Photo Fringe 2016 for her socially engaged underwater series Omanis Under Water
  • 2015 – Art Jameel Photographic Award: 2nd Prize winner for the limited edition photograph ‘Sayed’ from ‘Omanis Under Water’

Artist Statement

Estabrak’s works are generally fueled by the concepts of existing in places we cannot exist for long periods of time, something well represented through the use of water in her latest multidisciplinary collection ‘Consciousness’, which sees her prize winning, limited edition, underwater photographic series ‘Omanis Under Water’ (OUW) showcased. (OUW) looks at the ignored socio-political discourses of Omani society through a simple but complex matter that connects us all; water. Through this, the series helps shine a light on some of those traditions & faces usually gone unnoticed via the normalisation of societal uniform.

Since starting the project late 2014/early 2015, her works from this series have gone to be exhibited in London, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sharjah and most recently at the Brighton Photo Fringe 2016, winning curator’s choice for the Danny Wilson Memorial Award 2016. All in addition to being shortlisted for a number of awards as well as winning some prizes including being officially selected for the Royal Academy of the Arts Summer Exhibition 2016. It is the first part of a proposed global series of underwater photographic works intended to look at societies, people and it’s dysfunctions through the element of water.

Recently she was supported by ‘Mawa3eed Travel Grant’ to partake with a project in Morocco with her unique style of storytelling; LPP (Live.Projection.Painting) where she uses her multidisciplinary techniques to paint films to life, live. She presented ‘Tales of the Mother tongue’ at her first Biennale; The 6th Marrakesh Biennale 2016 (MB6), which has recently gone on to tour in Venice/Italy and Brighton/UK.

She helped create this process (LPP) back in 2012 along with her all female London collaborative; Thre3 Strokes. Since 2014 she has been developing & working on her solo collection of LPPs internationally, bringing this unique art form to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.