Parlor Room Presents: Shaima Al-Tamimi

Wednesday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.
Parlor Room is a visiting-artists program by Graduate Students in the School of the Art Institute's Photography Department. We bring in creatives and scholars actively contributing to the photography field for our cohort, photo department, and greater SAIC and Chicago community. Join us Wednesday, October 20th 6:00 pm online for the third event of the 2021-2022 series. This event is open to all SAIC community only. The presentation will be followed by Q&A moderated by Parlor Room Lecture Series Graduate Student curators. This event will be live captioned by CART. For additional requests, including ASL interpretation or audio description, visit


Shaima Al-Tamimi is a Yemeni-Kenyan visual storyteller based in the GCC. Her work is inspired by social and cultural issues reflective of her own personal story. She explores themes relating to patterns and impacts of migration, identity, and culinary culture through the mediums of photography, film and writing. She was a PSJ 2020 Fellow at the Magnum Foundation where she developed her multimedia film “Don’t Get Too Comfortable”, which was nominated for the Orrizzonti Award for Best Short film at Venice International Film Festival in 2021. It was the first Yemeni film to have participated at Venice to date (hopefully not the last). The film is an expansion of her long term project “As if we never came” supported by the Arab Documentary Photography program via AFAC. It has received additional support from Women Photograph + Nikon USA and the Prince Claus Fund. She is a long term contributing member to “Everyday Middle East” and a member of Women Photograph. Her work has been featured in Photo Espana, Casa Arabe, Vice Arabia, CNN, Hype Beast Art, Gulf Photo Plus, Art 29, JDEED Magazine, Khaleejesque Magazine, Doha News.

Check out her website here. A link to her work with the Arab Documentary Photography Program. Press for film, 'Don't Get Too Comfortable'.