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Durrah Alsaif

Durrah Alsaif is an interdisciplinary artist, who received her B.F.A. in 2017 from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and was awarded the Margaretha Bootsma Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Graduation Exhibition. She currently has a public artwork in Stadium/Chinatown Skytrain station in Vancouver, BC for her work Qimash as part of the Capture Photography Festival in collaboration with TransLink. Alsaif has exhibited at galleries such as the Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, where she was selected as runner-up for the 2nd annual Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize in 2017, and the Surrey Art Gallery, where she was awarded the Second Place 3D Works & Fibre Arts Award in 2018. Also, she has been longlisted for the 2017 BMO 1st Art! Competition. Alsaif believes that addressing and critiquing certain topics, especially through art, is a step toward making change. Originally from Saudi Arabia but now living in Canada, she is interested in exploring and possibly challenging Western perceptions of sociopolitical issues regarding women considered culturally taboo in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. Her work often draws attention to the blurring of lines between culture, tradition, and religion in the Middle East. She explores these topics with photography, performance, sculpture, and installation.

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Vol. 6, No. 3
Material Questioning: Durrah Alsaif's Jawahir: JewelsBy Simranpreet Anand
Simanpreet Anand reviews Jawahir: Jewels at Deerlake Gallery, Burnaby, BC.