zeinab saleh

I’m Zeinab Saleh, an interdisciplinary artist from London, born in Kenya. I’m currently in my final year of my undergrad studying Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.


4 star wedding (2019) video still

My works are often multi-layered and utilise methods of collage. At present, my practice reflects on generational trauma and the afterlives of colonialism. My latest video work '4 starwedding' is synchronised as a collage using Mariah Carey’s The Impossible (2009), with imagery ranging between archival home videos, and self-shot footage. In this video work, Idraw from my family’s experience of leaving Somalia in the 90s due to the civil war and their generational immigration to Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

So many eyes (2018)

I’m currently working towards my degree show at the Slade where I’ll be showing ‘4 star wedding’ alongside some new paintings. The show is open from Saturday 18 May to Thursday 23 May 2019 at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL 

Alongside my studio based practice, I’m involved with several curatorial projects. MuslimSisterhood is an ongoing photography project and archive which I co-founded with Sara Gulamali and Lamisa Khan, in 2017. Our work has been published in Gal-dem, Ellemagazine and we exhibited at ‘V&A Lates’ last year. Our portrait series has recently been incorporated into an illustration for the cover of It’s Not About The Burqa, a book onfeminism, sexuality, and race.

Waterfall (2019)

future plans

I’ll be doing a residency at Dumfries House in Scotland from June to July which I’m really excited about. I’m looking forward to having a studio space away from Slade and makingwork outside of London.

I’m also a founding member of ‘Eating At the Same Table (EAST)’, which is an artist-led nurturing and mentoring program co-founded by Rochelle White and Sasha Morgan. Last year we held ‘Phantasy Art School’, which was our first conference bringing together artists, writers, and curators. We’re currently working on the second Phantasy Art School conference which will be held this summer.