Delfina Foundation

Waheeda Malullah

London: 01/10/08 — 31/01/09

Using video, photography, installation and performance, Waheeda Malullah playfully examines the roles adopted by Islamic women and the rules and mechanisms that control the world in which she lives.

In previous work, Waheeda used sports and competition to identify the rules of the social game, and expose the situations in which grown-ups are all losers. In Play (2006, video), football, Bahrain's national sport, is used as a model and a structure for the staging of Waheeda’s feelings and the projection of her desires.

In Black and White, her video work for the 9th Sharjah Biennial (that was produced during her residency at Delfina Foundation), a white robed female figure was slowly covered in black paint that gradually blacked out the entire frame.

In 2010 she curated DAKAKIN, a festival arts project in which art was created at 20 different sites in Souq Al Manama, one of Bahrain’s oldest markets.

Waheeda Malullah graduated from RIAM, Bahrain, in 2002. In 2005 she was artist-in-residence at the Towhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt). In 2007, she participated in numerous exhibitions, in Spain, Athens, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stuttgart and Paris. Waheeda currently lives and works in Bahrain.