Sawsan Al Bahar Syrian , b. 1990

Born in Damascus and raised in the U.A.E, Sawsan Al Bahar is an artist, architect and researcher based in Dubai. Sawsan seeks the discreet ways history influences personal narratives in the region, investigating her own and searching for the home myth within works of graphite on paper, digital scans, and text. An intense draftsmanship is the basis of her work, and she employs digital-scanning to access and depict an absent homeland. Her meticulous drawings are poetic entanglements, falling at the crossroads of past and future, evoking an intimate past image, and highlighting to the viewer the tension between the real and the fabricated.


Al Bahar has participated in numerous national exhibitions and galleries including Speculative Links at Art Dubai (Dubai, 2022), Ghost Catcher at the Luxembourg Pavilion Expo 2020 (Dubai, 2021), Communi- ty & Critique at Art Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, 2016), Wra’a Al-Zaman in Abu Dhabi Music & Art Foundation (Abu Dhabi, 2015), Sikka Art Fair (2015, Dubai) and Made in Tashkeel (2015, Dubai)