Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1983, Sophia Al Maria is a Qatari-American artist, writer, and filmmaker. Traversing video, text and installation, Al Maria’s work engages with an imminent urgency of wider destructive forces. Ranging from large-scale ecological concerns to cross-cultural identities, Al Maria’s work is underpinned by an intensely personal sentiment.
Al Maria’s most recent solo exhibition was presented at Project Native Informant, London (2018). Her work has also been shown at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2017), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (2017), Whitney Museum, New York, USA (2016); New Museum, NY (2015); Serpentine Gallery, London (2014); as well as the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2013). Al Maria also participated in the 2016 Biennale of moving images (BIM), organized by the centre d’art contemporain in Geneva. Her memoir, The Girl Who Fell to Earth (2012), was published by Harper Perennial.
She currently lives and works in London.