Born in Kuwait in 1977, Tamara al Samerraei lives and works in Beirut. She received a BA in Fine Arts from the Lebanese American University in Beirut in 2002. In 2008, she had a solo exhibition at Agial Gallery entitiled “ Something White”.She had participated in numerous group exhibitions including, All About Beirut,White Box, Munich(2010); Exposure, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2009); MidEast Cut: International festival for alternative film and video, Denmark and Finland (2009);Radius of Art projectFladernbunker, Kiel, Germany (2008); Dar Al Funoon, Kuwait (2007); His Life is Full of Miracles, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK (2006);Kent Explora , Strange Fruit, Lebanon (2002).She has also participated in Braziers International Artists workshop, UK (2003) and AIW:A, the International Artists workshop, Aley (2005).
“In Samerraei‘s work we are always in front of the borderline between twin realms. The prevalent ambiguity of her spaces and what inhabits them stands between the familiar and the improbable. Her work takes us into a world of childhood, but is it? Or it is an adult who is reminiscing? Are her spaces undefined surfaces like suggested memories, or is it what we know by heart and eyes since we were born. She poses difficult questions with a lightness and playfulness that leave her scenes seeping into our visual world with ease, and yet, unsettling.”
(pictures and info kindly provided by Agial Art Gallery)