Zeinab Al Hashemi completed her undergraduate studies in multimedia design at Zayed University’s College of Arts and Sciences in Dubai. She participated in the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority’s billboards initiative, and her work has been featured in Shanghai, as well as at the UAE’s Tashkeel gallery, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Maraya Art Centre, The Ara Gallery, and the Bastakiya district. In 2012, she participated in the A.i.R. (Artist-in-Residence) Dubai Program and Design Days Dubai, and in 2013 was part of the Sharjah Biennial. Al Hashemi created Dibs & Dips, the first Emirati pop-art pastry catering company that prepares traditional sweets. She currently lives and works in Dubai.
Zeinab Al Hashemi’s work ranges from installation to video, and her process heavily depends on personal encounters and the environment. She creates visual narratives using innovative techniques to pursue culturally relevant themes. In Pearl Tale, the artist explores the historic significance of maritime culture in the United Arab Emirates through depictions of sea life, fishermen, and a dhow – an Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts. With an eye for design, Al Hashemi prefers to transform an already existing object into new forms. For this work, she appropriates scanned UAE currency to tell the story of pearl diving. Historically, people living on the coast relied on the pearl trade due to a lack of arable soil and scarcity of freshwater sources onshore.
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