Hadeer Omar is an Egyptian visual and time-based media artist, and educator. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design (2010) and MFA in Design Studies (2016) from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar). Her passion for documentary and cultural movements crosses disciplines within art, design, and film, as a means of presenting her identity through her work. She combines mediums to explore various techniques and methods to produce her illustrations, photographs, and videos. There are stories behind each piece of her work.
With no formal training in photography, the artist found her way by utilizing digital and analog tools, to observe her surroundings, document her process, and build a body of work that tells stories. Her experimentation with photography is not limited to portraiture, street, conceptual, or editorial photography. She approaches photography as a form of self-expression, and reflection of current political and social events.
Her work has been showcased in Egypt, Qatar, San Francisco, Austria, Bulgaria, Dubai, and Berlin. Her first solo photography exhibition was in Egypt (2009). “3arabizi keyboard” project was given an honorary mention at the STARTS Prize – Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry, and Society Stimulated by the Arts (2017), Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria, and Drive: Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, Germany (2017). She worked as a teaching assistant at the Art Foundation department at VCUarts Qatar, where she worked closely with students to develop communication skills with photography and translate ideas through image-making. She conducted a series of stop-motion workshops at Msheireb Museums. Her photographs were exhibited in a selected group exhibition at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. She served as a juror for the Student Photography Exhibition at The Anderson Exhibition in Richmond, Virginia (2017). Her visual diaries were displayed at a selected group exhibition at VCU Arts Qatar and the San Francisco Public Library (2017). She directed “Ouda w Sala” documentary short film (2011), “Hack you” video art at Cairo video festival and Roznama (2015), “Chaos Antidote” experimental documentary short film (2017) screened at Facade Video Festival, Bulgaria and Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Qatar (2017). She has also worked as a DOP to document artists' pieces.
Currently, she is a co-chair for Tasmeem Doha Art and Design Conference 2019 www.tasmeemdoha.com.