al Mawrid’s Resident Fellow | Cristiana de Marchi


Cristiana de Marchi

Al Mawrid is pleased to welcome Cristiana de Marchi as its Resident Fellow for May 2024!

Cristiana de Marchi is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Dubai. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honors in Literature and a Master’s Degree with first-class honors in Archaeology from the University of Torino (Italy). She is currently a PhD candidate in the Artistic Research Programme at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

Cristiana primarily works with video and textiles to explore issues related to identity, displacement, and belonging, investigated through the lens of the unequal relation between justice and legality. Language-based practices are deeply rooted in her artistic research. Often resorting to the verbal sphere, words are investigated by means of insertion and isolation, to focus on their intrinsic, constituent meaning, and on the actual accessibility of the ideas that they represent.

In 2015, de Marchi was awarded the Italian “Premio ORA” and in 2017 her work received the “Best 15 Award” and the “Best Independent Artist Award” (Turin, Italy). She is a graduate of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship.

During her fellowship, de Marchi will inquire into the generative nature of introspective practices and communication between artists by exploring the personal papers of Mahmoud Hammad, Ahmad Nawash, Rafa Nasiri, and May Muzaffar present in al Mawrid’s Arab Art Archive.