BIO

Aya Haidar (b. 1985) graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art in London and completed an exchange at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Following this, she achieved an Msc in NGOs and Development with Merit from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Haidar is a Lebanese multimedia artist, whose work focuses on the use of found and recycled objects in order to create poetic works exploring loss, migration and memory.


Her most recent solo exhibitions, titled Year of Issue(2014) and Behind Closed Doors (2011) were shown at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham and Bischoff Weiss Gallery, London, respectively. Her most recent group shows, I Spy with My Little Eye (2015) curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Felrath was shown at Mosaic Rooms in London and Casa Arabe in Madrid; Stitching Cyborgs (2014) featured works exhibited at Contemporary Arts Platform, Kuwait and A'Rebours (2014) at Bischoff Weiss Gallery, London.


She has also participated in various international art fairs, namely Abu Dhabi Art (2015), FIAC (2009), Art Dubai (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), MENASA (2013) and Art Istanbul (2013).


Haidar also undertakes independent curatorial and art education projects, namely Tate's Illuminating Cultures program (2010), V&A's Record, Resist, Reframe (2012) and most recently INIVA's A Place for Conversation (2014)


Haidar currently lives and works in London.

 

Education

2010  CELTA, London (Cambridge Accredited)
2008 - 2009 MSc NGOs and Development(Merit)
London School of Economics and Political Science, London
2004-2008 BA Fine Art, 2:1
Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London
2006-2007 Student Exchange, Fibre and Materials Department
School of the Art Institute, Chicago
2003-2004 Foundation Course
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1990- 2003 Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle, London

Group Exhibitions

2015
Mosaic Rooms, London: I Spy With My Little Eye
Casa Arabe, Madrid: I Spy With My Little Eye

2014
Bischoff Weiss Gallery, London: A'Rebours
Contemporary Arts Platform, Kuwait: Stitching Cyborgs

2013
Bischoff Weiss Gallery, London: Aya Haidar, Huda Lutfi, Sara Rahbar

2012
Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai: Text Me
Jiq Jaq Gallery, London: Man and Dog
Sultan Gallery, Kuwait: The Bravery

2010
JAMM, curated by Lulu al Sabah and Lydia Limerick, London: Neither Here Nor There

2007
Women for Peace, Stockholm, Sweden
Woburn Studios, curated by Michael Shamberg, London: Turtle

2006
Galerie Artcore, Paris
Galeria do Palacio, Porto

Solo Exhibitions

2014
New Art Exchange, Nottingham: Year of Issue

2011
Bischoff Weiss Gallery, London: Behind Closed Doors

2009
Bischoff Weiss Gallery, London: 1982
198 Gallery, London: Crewel Stories

Art Fairs

2016
Art Dubai, Dubai (Athr Gallery)

2015
Art Abu Dhabi, UAE (Athr Gallery)

2014
FIAC, Paris (Athr Gallery)

2013
MENASA, Beirut (Bischoff Weiss Gallery)
Art Dubai, Dubai (Bischoff Weiss Gallery)

2012
Art Dubai, Dubai (Bischoff Weiss Gallery)

2011
Art Dubai, Dubai (Bischoff Weiss Gallery)

2009
Art Dubai, Dubai (Bischoff Weiss Gallery)
FIAC, Paris (Bischoff Weiss Gallery)

Publications

2013
Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia (December Issue)
2011
Contemporary Practices (February Issue)
2010
Emotional Learning Cards, Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA)
2009
Recollections, Haibat El-Turk

Press Features

2013
Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia
Jonathan Velardi
Beirut Art Fair Magazine
Femme Magazine
The National

2012
RG Holland

2010
Saudi Gazette

2009
ELLE Magazine
Clare Market Review, recipient of Best Visual Arts Feature
Art Dubai Journal

Creative Projects (Education & Curatorial)

2014
RCD>PLY>RWD>FFD>STP>EJ, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, London
A Place for Conversation, INIVA, London

2013
Dwelling, public installation commissioned by Solidere in Saifi Village, Beirut
Hackney Live Project, INIVA, London

2012
Record, Resist, Reframe, V&A London

2011
Curator and Artist Coordinator, Athr Gallery, Jeddah

2010
Illuminating Cultures, TATE Britain, London

2009
My Story, British Arts Council, London