Balqis Al Rashed was born in Riyadh, Saudi and raised in Beirut for sixteen years where she graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. It was during this time that she found and cultivated her voice and artistic expression as one that expresses her multiculturalism as well as her individuality. When she returned to Saudi in 2009, Al Rashed threw herself into work, and by 2010, she had co-founded Qabila Apparel, a homegrown Khaleeji clothing line. Her prolific activity and online presence have led to her March Project Residency 2015 at Sharjah Art Foundation where she exhibited her first big scale installation "Once, we fell from the sky and landed in Babel". Al Rashed has been featured in various media platforms and has recently been selected as Nike ambassador. In July 2017, she was selected to be the first international artist in residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work is focused on questioning the creation of meanings, practices, and dichotomies in respect to the collective identity, and the self.
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