Aseel AlYaqoub (°1986, Kuwait) is a research-based artist reflecting on the formation and construction of nation-states as well as concepts of national identity. By demonstrating the ever-present 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 whether anecdotes fictionalise history.
By using an ever-growing archive of found documents, she creates artworks that expose forgotten or hidden historical time-markers in order to question our national discourse. By parodying mass media and tradition, she exaggerates certain formal aspects inbuilt within our contemporary society. Using Kuwait as a case study, she touches on various overlapping themes and strategies through repetition and investigation to criticise the social, cultural and political implications of composed national narratives.
She currently lives and works in Kuwait and her work has been exhibited at Jameel Arts Centre (Dubai), Museum of Humour and Satire (Bulgaria), Boiler Room (New York), Edge of Arabia (London), The Sultan Gallery (Kuwait), Museum of Modern Art (Kuwait) and Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait).