Biography

Waheeda Malullah

Bahrain

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Photography

Born in 1978, Bahrain
Lives and works in Bahrain

Using video, photography, installation, performance and painting, the work of Waheeda Malullah playfully examines the roles adopted by Muslim women as well as the cultural and religious norms, rules and systems that govern the world in which she lives. Her resulting work reverberates with childlike innocence and positivity.

Born in 1978 in Bahrain, Waheeda studied design and graduated from the Regional Institute for Advertising and Marketing (RIAM) in 2002. Between 2008 and 2009 she was a resident at the Delfina Foundation, London, during which time she created a series photo’s entitled ‘Black and White’. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, locally and internationally, including the 9th Sharjah Biennale; the China International Gallery Exposition (2010) of which her video ‘Play’ was screened; the Mapfre Hey Festival, Alhambra, Spain (2008), the International Festival Video Art, Casablanca, Morocco (2008), ‘Coding: Decoding Art, Video Art and Documentaries’, Copenhagen (2007), the International Euro-Arab Film Festival, the AMAL Festival, Spain (2007), and the International Festival of Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
(2007). In 2009 she received a Golden Pyramid Prize at the 1st International Media Art Forum for Youth, Palace of Art, Cairo Opera House, Egypt.

Solo exhibitions:

2009. (Visual Games) a photography Exhibition at al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain

Group exhibitions: 

2012 - 2013. (25 years of Arabic Creativity) Exhibition The Institut du Monde Arabe Paris – France
Somehow, somewhat in the middle of things Liefhertje en De Grote Witte Reus Den Haag – Holland
2012. (Women on the Verge) Exhibition The Empty Quarter Dubai, UAE
2012. (The Cinéma du Réel festival) French label Lowave The Pompidou Centre Paris
2012. (Out of Place) BFH Art Gallery Bahrain financial harbor Kingdom of Bahrain
2012. (Al Mahata) Exhibition Joint Exhibition with Mohamed Sharkawy Al Riwaq Art Space Kingdom of Bahrain
2011. MANAMATNA Al Riwaq Art Space Kingdom of Bahrain
2011. (Spaces and the in-Between) Al Riwaq Art Space Kingdom of Bahrain
2010. Jumble – a mixed media exhibition at Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain
2010. Art for cancer – an exhibition at Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain
2010. RESISTANCE [S] III - French label Lowave - London, United Kingdom
2009. Beautiful Mess – an exhibition at Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain
2009. Transformation of Momories – an exhibition at Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain
2009. (The Ultimate Experience) International an exhibition at Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain
2009. The Art Dubai
2009. The Sharjah Biennial 09
2009. (Play!) Video Screening at Delfina Foundation, London
2009. The 11th International Cairo Biennale, Egypt
2008, 2010. (Within the Region) A touring program of contemporarily art video form the Arabic Region Organized by Medrar for Contemporary Arts
2008. Participated in (The Right to Space), Joint Photography Exhibition with Manal Al-Dowayan from Saudi Arabia and Ibtisam Abdul Aziz from UAE at Al Riwaq Gallery,  Kingdom of Bahrain
2008. The 1st International Media Art Forum for Youth, Palace of Art, Cairo Opera House Campus, Cairo, Egypt
2008. Participated in La Tierra de Nadie (the No Man’s land) at The Mapfre Hey Festival Al Hambra by The Delfina Foundation, Spain, Europe
2008. Participated in The 1st International Media Art Forum for Youth, Palace of Art, Cairo Opera House Campus, Cairo, Egypt
2008. Participated in (Joburg Art Fair) Africa’s first Contemporary Art Fair
organized by (Appartment22) in South Africa
2008. Participated in The International Festival of Video Arts in Ben M’Sik Casablanca, Faculte des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Universite Hassan III Mohammedia, Royaume de Maroc
2007. Participated in International Contemporary Art Sale at The Town House Gallery in Cairo, Egypt
2007. Participated in ( Laugh Out Loud!), 13th International Festival of Contemporary Arts, organized by City of Women at Alkatraz Gallery – Ljubljana, Slovenia
2007. Participated in (Imagining Ourselves) Image and Identity: Fashion Undercover, online  exhibition for global voices from new generation of women at The International Museum of Women website in San Francisco, USA
2007. Art Athina - International art Fair 312007/06/03-05/, Athens, Greece
2007. (French Photography exhibition) by The French Embassies of the Gulf Countries in Gulf Countries and Europe
2007. Participated in (Video land) Exhibition, Berlin
2006. Participated in (Lights language) Photography exhibition by Photography Club at University of Bahrain
2006. (FOCUS: Women and Modern Identity), Joint Photography Exhibition with Haleh Anvari at Al Riwaq Gallery,  Kingdom of Bahrain
2006. (Coding: Decoding) Art, Video Art and Documentaries Exhibition - participated of (Video Art: Play) in Copenhagen and throughout major Danish cities - Denmark
2006. Participated in (Identity in the process of change) Images of the Middle East Cultural Festival at Danish Center for Culture and Develop in Copenhagen and throughout major Danish cities, Denmark
2006. Participated in (Imagining Ourselves) Online exhibition for global voices from new generation of women at The International Museum of Women website in San Francisco, USA
2006 -2007. (Nafas) Contemporary Art from the Islamic World Exhibition at ifa Gallery - participated of (Installation: Stopped ball!!) in Stuttgart, Germany
2006. Participated in (Nafas) Contemporary Art from the Islamic World Exhibition at ifa Gallery in Berlin,  Germany
2006. Participated in (Arab Countries Culture Festival) in Paris, France
2005. Participated in (Al Ayam Cultural Festival) in U.A.E
2005. (Contemporary Curves) the 3rd Group Exhibition for Installation Art & New Media, participated of (Video Art: Play) at Al Riwaq Gallery, Kingdom of Bahrain
2005. Joint Exhibition with Khaled Hafez at Al - Falaki Gallery in The American University in Cairo, Egypt
2004. Participated in (Bahrain - Assilah Art & cultural Forum Festival) mural painting in Al-Muharraq
2003. (More Darkness… More Light…) the 2nd group Exhibition for Installation Art, participated of (Installation: Stopped ball!!) at Bahrain Contemporary Art Association,  Kingdom of Bahrain
2002. (Out to In!) The 1st group Exhibition for Installation art, participated of (Installation: I don’t sleep?) at The Bahrain Contemporary Art Association, Kingdom of Bahrain