Aya Haidar’s (b.1985, British-Lebanese. Lives and works in London, UK) multimedia work focuses on the use of found and recycled objects exploring loss, migration and memory. Her hand-embroidered interventions onto culturally and historically specific objects, unfold silenced and authentic narratives around socially and politically engaged issues from her Lebanese origins to a broader regional context.
She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art, during which she completed an exchange program at SAIC (Chicago). She then went on to graduate (with Merit) with an MSc in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Haidar’s recent solo shows include NAE OPEN, London, UK (2019) with b.Dewitt Gallery and, Out of Service, Cubbitt Arts, London, UK (2019). She has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows, namely Art Berlin Contemporary (Germany), Athr Gallery (Jeddah), New Art Exchange (Nottingham), Jeddah 21,39 (KSA), Mosaic Rooms (London), Casa Arabe (Madrid), FIAC (Paris), Armory (NYC), Art Dubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi Art (UAE), Art Istanbul (Turkey). Haidar was also selected for Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hoor Al Qasemi’s Do It Arab project (2016), INIVA's A Place for Conversation (2014), V&A's Record, Resist, Reframe (2012), Tate's Illuminating Cultures program (2010) and INIVA’s Emotional Learning Cards (2010).
She was featured in numerous publications, namely, Tribe Magazine (2017, 2016), Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and Iran by Saeb Eigner (2015), Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia (2017, 2013), The National (2013), Contemporary Practices (2011) and ELLE Magazine (2009).
Having recently completed a 4-month residency with Deveron Arts in 2018.