Ayesha Hadhir was born in Abu Dhabi and studied Visual Art at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University. She works predominantly in installations using textile to create textured pieces centralising the materials she uses, namely brightly coloured thread 701. Hadhir experiments with mesh garments placed underwater and her work is inspired by elements and objects that revolve around familial histories and activities, such as diving and fishing. Her latest work involves the documentation of underwater installations she has created from found objects.
The artist’s fledgeling career has seen her exhibit in the UAE with a solo exhibition, ‘Al Doobah’, curated by Walter Willems in Al Serkal Avenue Dubai, during 2018. She participated in group exhibitions including Tashweesh, commissioned by UAE Unlimited at Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, 2019; 35th Annual exhibition, curated by Nasser Abdullah, Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, 2018; Emirati Traditional Games, curated by Summayya Al Suwaidi, at Al Qattara Art Centre, Al Ain, 2017; Do Art Do it Now commissioned by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 2017. Hadhir was selected for the Salama Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF) in collaboration with Rhode Island School of Design, Community and Critique, Cohort 4 exhibition, and is currently in an art residency with the Cultural Foundation. Currently Hadhir works in arts programing at Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi.