Aseel AlYaqoub (b. 1986) was born and raised in Kuwait. She graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design with a BA in Interior and Spatial Design. After four years in the architecture industry, AlYaqoub pursued a Masters in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute where she graduated with Honors.
Her work is an inspection of the past and how it emerges into the present. She uses nostalgia as an instrument for critical thought rather than the longing for the past. This allows her to investigate the invention and reinvention of heritage and tradition. This often results in an examination of both the human need for conclusive stories and the question of how anecdotes come to represent history.
2015 - POPULAR GAMES, Pratt Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC
2013 - Class of Chairs, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait
2010 - Teddy on the Go, The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait
2015 - Signs of Life: in and out of time and space, Boiler Room, Brooklyn, NYC (Curated by Sara Reisman)
2014 - Annual Grand Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC
2013 - Kissin’ Cousins, Edge of Arabia, London (Out of Kuwait residency)
2013 - Kursi – A Tribute to a Chair, Design Terminal, Hungary. Hosted by Contemporary Art Platform
2012 - The Chicken Nuggets Alliance, Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait. (Part of the Landscapes Expanded residency)
2012 - The Lonely Cart, Reuse 5.0 Kuwait
2011 - Jenfiffa, The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait
2009 - MP3’s Killed the CD, Reuse 3.0, project manager and curator, Kuwait