Aseel AlYaqoub (°1986, Kuwait) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By using an ever-growing archive of found documents, she creates artworks that aim to bridge social gaps by questioning national discourses. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘contradictory world’, she reflects on the closely related subjects of archive, memory and documentation. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question of whether anecdotes ‘fictionalize’ history.
Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. By parodying mass media and tradition, she exaggerates certain formal aspects inbuilt within our contemporary society. She touches various overlapping themes and strategies through repetition and investigation to criticize the social, cultural and political issues faced in present-day Kuwait.
With a conceptual approach, she makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Through viewer participation, physical interaction and social media, she reaches out to the local pop and mass culture with light-heartedness to create and encourage dialogue between the different facets of the Kuwaiti society.
Aseel AlYaqoub currently lives and works in Kuwait. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a Masters in Fine Arts in 2015. Her work has been exhibited at Edge of Arabia (London), Boiler Room (New York), A1 Gallery (Dubai), Design Terminal (Budapest), Museum of Modern Art (Kuwait), Contemporary Art Gallery (Kuwait) and The Sultan Gallery (Kuwait).