Samt n.– Making no sound; quiet; still

Arabic for silence, Samt is a virtual platform for research and exhibition that functions in annual volumes, and mainly exists online through

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Samt‘s mission corresponds to and expands on five main pillars:

#Mentorship and Research
Samt‘s emphasis on research manifests through its integrated mentorship program over a period of 4 months. Selected contributors will be exposed to workshops, in-depth readings and critiques, helping them build confidence and longevity in their practice to live up to international standards.

#Geography and Accessibility
Samt manifests primarily in a digital format that aims to open the receptivity of Art and Discourse from Southwestern Asia and North Africa to an international audience from all regions with no Geo-political restrictions on humans or art.

#Exposure and Opportunity (Sawt)
Sawt, Arabic for noise, is the physical parallel to Samt and is a collective of micro-events around the world, that are curated in dialogue with the digital issue and perform as forums for free discussion and verbal feedback. Sawt’s main target is to instigate a dialogue between the artist and their audience through seminars, public QnAs and open discussions.

#Censorship and Conversation
Samt's main objective is to assist all users of creative fields, who are living in or have self-limiting relations with, a politically/culturally censored region, to practice their right to free expression through the medium of contemporary art and anonymity.

#Urban Mission
Samt’s Urban Mission is to activate socially remote and hidden communities through the conversion of informal shops, private houses, etc. into spaces for art, conversation, and research, existing within and through the occupied space rather than affecting or overpowering it’s original identity.

Rukn Al Nojoom
For Women’s Gar And Tailoring

On November 2018 Samt converted its first urban space (originally a women‘s tailoring shop) into its primary physical gallery. Located in Um Suqqaim and obscured by shops, residential villas and buildings, Rukn Al Nojoom quickly grew into a space for art discourse and critical thinking.


Samt is currently a self funded, not for profit organisation that relies on relations and shared visions of a free and more accessible art discourse and research.

Walid Al Wawi, Founding Director

Guest curators:
Sarah Al Agroobi
Tara Aldughaither
Areej Kaoud

Previous collaborators:
Darat Al Funun, Amman
TATE Exchange, London
Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai
Satellite Art Space, Dubai

Previous contributors:
Abdulrahim Alkindi
Anood Al Obaidly
Antony Crossfield
Areej Kaoud
Bu Yousif
Dinkha Latchin
Fadi Zumot
Hadil Moufti
Hussein Hassan
Karam Natour
Kareem Samara
Mahmoud Safadi
Mays Albeik
Mazen Al Ashkar
Mohamed Khalid
Moza Almatrooshi
Mustafa Boga
Rania Jishi
Reem Falaknaz
Reem Kelain
Saif Mhaisen
Sara Masinae
Sarah Alagroobi
Sarah Brahim
Tara Aldughaither
Tulip Hazbar

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Samt Alternative Art School
The 5th Volume of Samt takes form as Samt Alternative Art School (SAAS); an experimental rethinking of creative methodologies structured around themes of indigenous wisdom and holistic psychological wellness. 

SAAS’s pedagogy excavates ancestral mysticism through the somatic system as a mode of resistance and authentic production; combating the colonialist Eurocentric academia, capitalistic frameworks and patriarchal dominance of the historical and contemporary art canon.
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In its first iteration SAAS takes form as a virtual multi-module course that explores philosophical perspectives on creative practices against the backdrop of past matriarchal worshipping cultures.

Each module investigates creative practice as a potent portal into mysticism and union with the sacred earth and, in extension, the cosmos.

Through psychosomatic experience, participants learn how to identify and un silence emotional currents that shape their individual human experience and evolve their inner ecology on path to authentic projection and soul centric creativity.
The course will cover two schools of thought: Immersion, conducted by Ragini Nagu as she navigates the cycle of authentic practice, followed by Reflection, conducted by Walid Al Wawi and Sarah Alagroobi where they assist in dismantling and tackling this journey through the critical language of art practice.

Both Immersion and Reflection will observe the creative development of the participants’ creative process in order to arrive at either a final work or thesis statement.

This course is conducted virtualy.