Estabrak Al Ansari is a multidisciplinary visual artist, performer and film maker based between London and Muscat, in Oman. She originally is from Iraq, born in Iran and raised in London, after heading in the UK with her family as a child refugee. With an artistic background in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and a Masters in Film & Media Production, Esabrak particular interest lies in the honest approaches to the silenced socio-political realities usually explored through progressive and multidisciplinary ways of storytelling.
In the recent years she exhibited her works in many solo and collective shows, found themselves showcased on an international basis and along the way exhibited in institutions as the Royal Academy of Arts and TATE Britain in London.
In 2016 she has been selected for the parallel program of the 6th Marrakech Biennal and presented her project Tales of the Mother Tongue which is a multidisciplinary form and technique of storytelling (LPP, Live, projection, painting) that involves film, live painting and live performances. Estabrak Al Ansari created this technique with her collaborative group Thre3 Strokes but since 2014 she is working with this LPP’s technique and series on her own, bringing this art form internationally and developing the process even further.
In 2015 Estabrak presented her first multidisciplinary solo show entitled ‘Consciousness‘ at Sarah Gallery in Muscat, from which some selected works got exhibited in Dubai, Muscat, Sharjah, Saudi Arabia and London.
She is an award winner of many prizes, such as the recent AFAC Performing Arts 2016 Grant, and also supported by numerous organizations – as recently Mawa3eed Travel Grant commissioned her to take part in a project in Morocco using LPP’s narrative.
The part of the film Tales of the Mother Tongue was presented in the same year in Venice where the artist took part at the B#side War Festival Vol II (2015-2016 edition) for the event Female Video Artists and the War about the legacies of the ‘900 conflicts seen through the works of female artists.