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Alia Ali (Los Angeles): al-Hub حب

Image: Alia Ali, Constellation, 2019, Archival Pigment Print, laminated, framed, 122 x 91.5 cm, Ed. 5 + 1 AP + 1 EP 

In Arabic al-Hub حب means “to love.” In English it translates as “Hub”. While the meaning gets lost in between translation and transliteration, as most things do between the languages, this projects cycles it back to its original meaning, by creating a hub where love is at its centre. 

Alia Ali proposes to create a space in which people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, engage and be entertained within a unique space that will tie together both photography and textile into an interactive installation. 

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Alia Ali, Orange Palms (left) Radio (right), FLUX Series, 2019.

The space will (holding around 30-45 people) will be entirely upholstered from the frames of the photographs, to the walls, ceiling, floor, and seating. The textile intervention would encompass the entire space, using brightly patterned fabric from a various parts of of the Muslim World, like Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Yemen.

al-Hub حب will feature storytelling events, artists talks, and small music events with Qishr and Habiscus Tea, Turkish Coffee and sweets  in collaboration with the Coalition of Muslim Women KW.


Alia Ali, Peacock Triptych (Photography and Installation), photographs (1.35m x 90 cm each- Pigment Print on Cotton Rag 310 gr., mounted on Aluminum Dibond UV protected Laminate) wood, fabric. Galerie Siniya 28, Marrakech, Morocco, 2017.


Alia Ali sq.jpgAbout the artist

Alia Ali is a Yemeni-Bosnian-American multi-media artist and visual storyteller. Having traveled to fifty-three countries, lived in seven and grown up among five languages, her most comfortable mode of communication is through image and multi-sensory mediums. 

Alia’s work has been featured in publications including the Financial Times, Le Monde, Elle, Vogue, Hyperallergic, and Harper's Bazaar Arabia. She has won numerous awards including the LensCulture Emerging Artists Award, the Allan Sekula Social Documentary Grant, the Magenta Foundation's Emerging Talent Award, and Gold in the Fine Art Category of the Tokyo International Foto Awards. She has exhibited internationally and has most recently exhibited in museums, fairs and festivals including PhotoLondon 2019 in the UK, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Morocco, Karlsruhe in Germany, the Lianzhou Photo Festival in China, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in the Netherlands, the Katzen Museum of Art in Washington DC, The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, and the Kuala Lumpur Photo Festival in Malaysia. Alia has presented lectures and workshops at Harvard University, the LACMA, the Middle East Institute, Gulf Photo Plus and the Arab American Museum.

Alia Ali lives and works in Los Angeles.