SAMA ALSHAIBI (b. 1973)
PALESTINE, IRAQ | USA
“Wasl” (Arabic for “Union” – from the project Silsila)
single-channel video with sound
courtesy the Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE and the artist
Wasl, meaning “union” in Arabic, is part of Ashaibi’s wider project Silsila, or “link.” Through this body of work, the artist examines connections between different cultures that are under threat of displacement, recognizing shared global issues that need to be addressed collectively. In Wasl, Alshaibi focuses on global mass migrations due to increasing water scarcity and rising ocean levels. These environmental catastrophes link islands and coastal regions around the world. Footage of different connecting bodies of water that surround the Middle East, North Africa, and the Maldives and Hawaiʻi demonstrates that the ocean and climate change fail to adhere to imposed boundaries. Alshaibi establishes that this recognition of geological interconnectedness and human interdependence is essential to addressing issues of climate change.