Hind Mezaina, UAE
Lives and works in Dubai
Hind Mezaina delves into themes of collective memory, the notion of heritage, and the representation of Dubai and the UAE in the media. Living in a place that is fast growing and perpetuating an image of newness, her work is a continuous development of what she describes as ‘visual archaeology’ through research, observation, collecting and preserving memories.
Self taught and working primarily in analogue photography and more recently in video, she has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the UAE.
She is a graduate of the Critical Practice Programme 2020-2021 at Tashkeel and Salama Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF) in 2015-2016. Her past artist residencies include Sharjah Art Foundation's March Project, Delfina Foundation, Picture Berlin, A.i.R Dubai 2015 (a partnership between Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Tashkeel).
She has worked on various commissioned projects, including Home: Food | Music | Sport (Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, UAE National Pavilion, 2017), The Wedding Project (Art Dubai, 2016); In the Meanwhile (Global Art Forum, Art Dubai, 2014); Cassette Project (Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp, Dubai, 2013) and Mass Medium: Emirati TV on Home Video (Global Art Forum, Art Dubai, 2012).
Mezaina is also a writer, film curator and founder of The Culturist blog (launched in 2009) and the co-founder of Tea with Culture podcast (launched in 2015). She has curated film screenings for local institutions including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Art Foundation and The Africa Institute, Alliance Francaise (Dubai).
Her work is part of the collection of UAE Unlimited and Sharjah Art Foundation.