Sama Alshaibi (b. 1973, Iraq) situates her own body as a site of performance in consideration of the social and gendered impacts of war and migration. Her work complicates the coding of the Arab female figure found in the visual history of photographs and moving images. 


In addition to showing in over 150 group and solo exhibitions across the globe, Alshaibi received the first prize Project Development Award from Center (Santa Fe, 2019), the 2018 Artist Grant from the Arizona Commission on The Arts and the 2017 Visual Arts Grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut). She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in 2014-2015 as part of a year-long residency at the Palestine Museum in Ramallah, where she developed an education program while conducting independent research. In 2021, Alshaibi was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography.


Alshaibi’s works are represented in public institutions internationally, including the Center for Creative Photography (Tuscon), the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell (NY), The Houston Museum of Art (Texas), Nadour (Germany), the Barjeel Collection (Sharjah), En Foco (NYC), and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Tunis (Tunisia).