Biography

Est. 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Collective members:
Nanu Al-Hamad
b. 1987, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives and works in New York, NY

Khalid Al Gharaballi
b. 1981, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives and works in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Abdullah Al-Mutairi
b. 1990, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives and works in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Fatima Al Qadiri
b. 1981, Dakar, Senegal
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Monira Al Qadiri
b. 1983, Dakar, Senegal
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Aziz Al Qatami
b. 1979, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives and works in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Barrak Alzaid
b. 1985, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives and works in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Amal Khalaf
b. 1982, Singapore
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

GCC, an acronym that does not necessarily stand for but alludes to the Gulf Cooperation Council (the intergovernmental political and economic partnership that connects six countries in the region), is an artist “delegation” or collective composed of eight members, all of which have strong ties to the Arabian Gulf region of the Middle East. The group was formed in 2013 at Art Dubai and has since shown at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler in Berlin; Project Native Informant in London; The New Museum, Whitney Museum of Art, and MoMA PS1 in New York; Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris; 9th Berlin Biennial; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Fridericianum in Kassel; and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. 

Since its debut at Sultan Gallery, Kuwait, the group has continued to address the shifting systems of power in the Gulf region and abroad. GCC live between Kuwait, New York, Amsterdam, London, and Berlin. Apart from several summits held in Switzerland, Kuwait, France and, most recently, New York, Whatsapp is the group’s primary mode of communication.

All images © GCC.