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Ibi Ibrahim
b. 1987, Yemen

Born in the US but raised throughout the Middle East, between Yemen, Libya, Iraq and the UAE, 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’s work has been exhibited through out the US, Europe and the Middle East, it is part of a number of private prestigious collection as well as the Colorado College (US) and Barjeel Art Foundation (UAE).

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Regional solo exhibitions
International group exhibitions
Photo festival participant



Solo Exhibitions

2017 Departure / Arrival, Darat Al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan
2015 Lights, Leave and Yemeni Coffee, JAMM Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Group Exhibitions

2016 "Beyond Borders", Blain Southern Gallery, London, UK
2016 "Unbreakable Rope", an exploration of sexuality in Islam, Free Word Centre, London, UK
2015 "Here, There, and Everywhere", Imagining New Eurasia Project, Seoul, Korea
2015 "The taste of Addiction; cups, capsules, recipes, and the tale of Yemeni Coffee", Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2015 "Walls and Margins", Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
2015 "Remigrating Yemenite Voices", Spraechsaal, Berlin, Germany
2015 "Double Tap ll", Malja Art space, Manama, Bahrain
2015 "ReOrientation: Defining and Defying 19th Century French Image of the Arab World", IDEA SPACE at Colorado Springs, USA
2014 "Really Expensive", Nouvel Organon, Paris, France
2014 JAMM Art Gallery Booth, Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 JAMM Art Gallery Booth, Art14, London, UK
2013 Paintings and Photographs, European Union Office, Sana’a, Yemen
2013 "Photos that scream", Basement Gallery, Sana’a, Yemen
2012 "Black & White: Absence of Color", Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, USA
2011 Peace by Toby, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2011 Gender Matters/Matters of Gender, Freedman Gallery, Reading, USA
2010 Sana’a Fashion & Identity, Cultural House, Sana’a, Yemen
2010 GLAAD OUT Auction, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA
2010 The Peace Project, Gallery 9, Los Angeles, USA
2010 Black & White Photography, KAS Gallery, Louisville, USA
2010 Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, USA
2009 Zoom on Sana’a, Jamil Ghanem Institute for Fine Art, Aden, Yemen Zoom on Sana’a – Cultural House – Sana’a, Yemen


2016 The thirteenth Short Arab Film Festival, Beirut, Lebanon


2016 The Lab Space at Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2016 Beirut Art Residency, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 GlogaAir, Berlin, Germany
2014 Cite Internationale des Art, Paris, France