Writing Manifestos by Sarah Alahbabi

1 August
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Writing Manifestos by Sarah Alahbabi

What does a manifesto look like? 


Think about the movements of the past that have inspired you to seek change. If you were to create your own manifesto, what messages and visuals would it contain?


In contemporary history, artists have often utilized manifestos as tools for articulating their beliefs, challenging norms, and advocating for change. Manifestos become a form of artistic declaration, a means of expressing personal philosophies, aesthetics, and visions for the world. 


As part of the closing reception for our Spring Exhibitions, Sarah Alahbabi—whose work is featured in our current exhibition, ‘On a Timeline: 2024 MFA Graduate Show’—will take you through her research on manifestos across the years.


In this workshop, she will open a conversation about public statements, words of reflection, and everything in between during an evening filled with research, history, reflections, discussions, writing, and, of course, creative fun with a variety of art tools.


Open to ages 18 and above.

About the instructor: 

Sara Alahbabi (b. 1994, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates) is a conceptual artist and art educator based in Abu Dhabi. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts and Political Science from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in 2016. In 2017, she was part of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship program (SEAF). Alahbabi currently works in the education division at the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi. Art education plays a big role in Alahbabi’s practice, fueling her artistic research and drive. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Art and Media at NYUAD, and is expected to graduate in2024. Alahbabi has previously exhibited in shows across the United Arab Emirates as well as internationally, they include: Bound, Bayt AlMamzar, Dubai (2023); Portrait of A Nation, me Collectors Room, Berlin (2017); Community & Critique, 421 Arts Campus, Abu Dhabi (2017); and Here’s What They Think of Me, the Project Space, NYUAD, (2016).