Speaking to issues of social politics, global movement and the hierarchy of citizenship, Al-Mashouk’s work employs performance, video, and sculptural based installation. Her work explores the movement of people across both societal and national borders, with specific focus on young queer Middle Eastern women. She considers the logistics of her body; the fluidity of movement, the Arabness, the queerness, the tint, the woman, the institution. Her work challenges systems that define the place of women in modern society by critiquing the male gaze that dominates not only the canon of art history but also contemporary society today. Using her own subjectivity as a queer Saudi Arabian woman living abroad, her insider-outsider position operates throughout the work.
Al Mashouk has a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University; a Post Baccalaureate degree from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Wellesley College, Massechussets; and a Bachelor of Art in Architecture Smith College, Northampton, Massechussets, USA. Her recent solo exhibitions include: I Need More Birds, VISA Collectiv BSMT Space, London, UK; Skin, a five channel video installation Mission Hill Gallery, Boston; The Good Parts of Being Alive, Anna Reyes Dance and Tamara Al-Mashouk, Boston Center for the Arts Residency Showcase Mills Gallery, Boston, MA, USA.
Featured image: Tamara Al-Mashouk, License on Fire, 2017, Video Still, 6m 18s