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Habibi Tala (Triptych)

Size/40 x 180 cm

Jalsat Banat, Sitara series

Size/40 x 60 cm

Yemenite Silver, Sitara series

Size/40 x 60 cm

Girl Moment, Sitara series

Size/35 x 40 cm

Ibi Ibrahim

Birth Year

Country of birth

Country of residence


USA / Yemen

Germany / Yemen

Artist’s Story

Born in the US but raised throughout the 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) /

Full CV

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


"Beyond Borders", Blain Southern Gallery, London, UK

"Unbreakable Rope", an exploration of sexuality in Islam, Free Word Centre, London, UK

"Here, There, and Everywhere", Imagining New Eurasia Project, Seoul, Korea

"The taste of Addiction; cups, capsules, recipes, and the tale of Yemeni Coffee", Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

"Walls and Margins", Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

"Remigrating Yemenite Voices", Spraechsaal, Berlin, Germany

"Double Tap ll", Malja Art space, Manama, Bahrain

"ReOrientation: Defining and Defying 19th Century French Image of the Arab World", IDEA SPACE at Colorado Springs, USA

"Really Expensive", Nouvel Organon, Paris, France

JAMM Art Gallery Booth, Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon

JAMM Art Gallery Booth, Art14, London, UK

Paintings and Photographs, European Union Office, Sana’a, Yemen

"Photos that scream", Basement Gallery, Sana’a, Yemen

"Black & White: Absence of Color", Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, USA

Peace by Toby, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Gender Matters/Matters of Gender, Freedman Gallery, Reading, USA

Sana’a Fashion & Identity, Cultural House, Sana’a, Yemen

GLAAD OUT Auction, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA
The Peace Project, Gallery 9, Los Angeles, USA

Black & White Photography, KAS Gallery, Louisville, USA

Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, USA

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

Career Highlights

  • 2017 Solo Show Departure / Arrival, Darat Al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan
  • 2016 Beirut Art Residency, The Lab Space at Darat Al Funun, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2016 Group exhibition, Beyond Borders, Blain Southern Gallery, London, UK
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