Public Talk – Library Circles: Rashed Qurwash

As part of his research for Library Circles, Rashed Qurwash presents the process and findings within his investigation of the Jaddaf neighborhood in Dubai.

In this iteration of Library Circles, Qurwash investigates the Jaddaf neighborhood in Dubai and the practices it had once held through images, documents and interviews conducted with people who have occupied the area at various capacities from the 1950s to the 2000s.

The talk is held online and is open to registered participants. Please register through the RSVP button. Participants will receive a link to the talk.

Rashed Qurwash (b.1990, Dubai, UAE) lives and works between Dubai and Los Angeles. Qurwash’s practice joins film, set design, and sculpture to explore themes of collective identities shaped through traditions, rituals, religion and trade. His practice relies on subtextual content to mirror collective identities, heavily coded existences and their functionalities within society. 

Rashed is a recipient of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (2018), the Cultural Foundation Residency in Abu Dhabi (2022)

He has a BSc in Political Science and a Minor in Architecture from Drexel University (2014). He is currently pursuing his Film/Video MFA at the California Institute of the Arts (2025).




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