Hind Mezaina (UAE) in her work addresses her relationship and reaction to the accelerated changes Dubai is undergoing. Memory, change and the representation of Dubai in the media (and how it corresponds to the people living in the city) are some of the key themes that she is interested in. Through her work, she aims to communicate anxieties to the changes, and to also comment, preserve memories, and create a ‘visual archaeology’ of the city. Furthermore, cultural memory is explored specifically in reference to film and TV shows she watched growing up.
Hind’s photography and site-specific installations have been exhibited in the UAE. Her blog, theculturist.com, covers cultural news, events, reviews in the UAE and beyond. Her work and writing has appeared in local and regional publications. She has participated in photography group exhibitions in several cities including Dubai, London, Tokyo, Berlin, New York. Over the past two years she has been creating work in other mediums including video and most recently in collage.
Recent residencies include A.i.R Dubai 2015 and Picture Berlin (Fall Session) 2015. She has also contributed to Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum in 2012 and 2014. Hind just completed the 2015-2016 edition of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship, in partnership with Rhode Island School of Design.