Mariam Haji is a Bahraini fine artist who currently lives and works between Helsinki, Finland and Bahrain. She represented the Kingdom of Bahrain in the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, and was the winner of Bahrain's 38th National Fine Art Competition for her “Muse” series.
Mariam Haji is an artist who works with different mediums ranging from Drawing and Painting to Video and Performance. She graduated from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) in Melbourne Australia, with a Bachelor of Art (Fine Arts) in 2008 and in 2002 acquired a Diploma in 'Introduction to Design' from Dundee College, Scotland.
International exhibitions include 'Femme' at the UNESCO main building in Paris, France; The Göteborg poetry festival, Sweden, 2015; Postlude Vol.1: The Post Oriental Odyssey at The Mine Gallery, Dubai, UAE 2015; ‘Women On Walls’ a project space for woman's rights activism at the American University Cairo, Egypt 2015 and in Ras Al Ain Gallery in Amman, Jordan 2014 - Curated by Mia Grondahl; She Views Her Self at Gallery 6 Mandeln, Paris, France 2014; ‘The View from Here – 19 Perspectives on Feminism’ by Tape Projects at the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Australia 2010; ‘Across the Gulf’ exhibition at the Brisbane Arc Biennial in Australia 2009; ‘6 Degrees’ art prize for ‘Human Landscape: The Cult of Personality’ at the Frankston Art Centre in Melbourne, Australia, 2008 – in which Haji was the prize finalist.
Previous solo Exhibitions include 'Premonition' at the Bait Bin Mattar House Museum in Muharraq, Bahrain 2012; ‘Army of Mariam’ at El Bareh Gallery for the Spring of Culture Festival in Bahrain 2009 and ‘The Unlovely’ at First Site Gallery in Melbourne, Australia 2008.
In conjunction with her studio practice, Mariam has been invited to lead several international artist talks and teaching workshops. In 2015 Haji was invited as a guest speaker/artist at Mathaf Arab Museum Of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar and in summer of 2015 Haji received an invitation from the Ministry of the People's republic of China to partake in the 'Famous Arab Artist Workshop' in Beijing, China. In 2014 she was invited as a guest speaker at Third Space Gallery in Helsinki, Finland and the Corner College in Zurich, Switzerland to speak about “The Business of Art in the Arabian Gulf”. In 2010 Haji was invited to speak as a guest lecturer at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain where she lectured on feminism in western art and its incorporation in to the practices of Middle Eastern feminist artists.
Museum and gallery collections include the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, The National Museum in Bahrain and The Ministry of Culture of The People's Republic of China.