Sara Ahli

Visual Artist

Sara Ahli is an Emirati and Colombian American visual artist based between Dubai and Providence, Rhode Island. Ahli’s creative practice explores themes of body, memory, and discomfort while incorporating a sense of uncanniness through fashion, performance, sculpture, and glass. By staging situations of tension, she tests and exposes the vulnerability and limitations of the human body in the physical world, examining both skin and body as impressionable vessels.  

Ahli held her first solo exhibition, “A Placeless Place,” in 2021 at The Foundry, Dubai. Additionally, her work has been exhibited at the Sikka Art and Design Festival, Dubai (2022); Aisha AlAbbar Gallery, Dubai (2022); Made in the Emirates, Sotheby’s, Dubai (2021); and Community and Critique, Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi (2020). In 2020, she completed the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship as part of cohort 7 in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design. Ahli holds a BFA in fashion design from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and is currently pursuing her MFA in glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

AGSIW Student Open House and Reception

On September 27, AGSIW hosted a student open house and reception, featuring Emirati and Colombian American visual artist Sara Ahli.