B. 2002, Portland, OR. Based in New York, NY

Sarkez reconsiders modes of identification, collection and archiving. Her works urge the viewer to obtain a sense of refuge within cultural materiality, drawing attention to one’s proximity to it. Through extensive research, and the creation of her own archive, she develops her own translational abstraction of what it means to be Arab, debating the if’s and what’s of ‘Arabness’ as both a term and system of beliefs. 

Selected exhibitions include: ‘Dirt in the Eye’ - Gnossienne Gallery (London, UK, 2024), ‘Saccharine Symbols’ - Rose Easton Gallery (London, UK 2023), ‘Me and you and me and’ - SADE Gallery (Los Angeles, 2023), ‘Beginner's Luck’ - Rosenberg Gallery (New York, 2023), ‘Transversal: Where We Come From and Where We Are Going’ - 80 WSE Gallery (New York, 2023), ‘Printing the Future’ - Diefirma Gallery (New York 2022).

In 2023 she received the Martin Wong Award from the Martin Wong Foundation. Her work is in the collection of the Thomas J. Watson Library in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and FORMA Arts, London, UK.


New York University - Steinhardt Honors/Tandon School of Engineering BFA (2020-2024)

Selected Exhibitions/Fairs

WANAWAL Archives, FORMA Arts, London, UK (forthcoming, 2024)
Art Brussels, Rose Easton gallery, Brussels, BE (forthcoming, 2024)
Banat El Hara, curated by Arab Film and Media Institute, New York, NY (forthcoming, 2024)
Landscapes of Ornamentation, curated by Marie Catalano, 80 WSE Gallery, Broadway Windows Gallery, New York, NY (2024)
Dirt in the Eye, curated by Sahand NezamabadGnossienne Gallery, group show with Anna Clegg, Uccella Khan-Thomas, and Polly Plowden, London, UK (2024)

I THREW MYSELF IN A CONCRETE MIXER, Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY (2023)
Saccharine Symbols, Rose Easton Gallery, three-person show with Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes & Shamrian Istifan, London, UK (2023)
Me and You and Me and, SADE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2023)
SPEW, curated by Violet Cheverez and Coco, Waste Gallery Space, London, UK (2023)
Beginner’s Luck, two-person show with Sarah Carliner, Rosenberg Gallery NYU, New York, NY (2023)

Printed Matter: East Village Zine Fair, Performance Space, New York, NY, (2023)
Brooklyn Art Book Fair, Amant Foundation, New York, NY (2023)
Creating Futures: Education for Employment (EFE) Auction
, New York, NY (2023)
Transversal: Where We Come From and Where We Are Going, 80 WSE Gallery, New York, NY (2023)

Printing the Future: Riso Revolution, curated by Panayiotis Terzis, Diefirma NYC Gallery, New York, NY (2022)
Kitchen Sink, Postcrypt Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY (2022)
Printed Matter: New York Art Book Fair, 548 W 22nd St, New York, NY (2022)
Retracing Home, two-person show with Oscar Garay, Rosenberg Gallery NYU, New York, NY (2022)
Growth Axis, 80 WSE Gallery, New York, NY (2022)

Liminal Space, curated by Annabelle Park, 42 Rivington St, New York, NY (2021)
LKTV exhibition with Lino Kino Collective x Hotbed Micro gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2021)
BC/DC, New York University, Virtual USAO (Undergraduate Student Art Organization) (2021)
Erotica, Postcrypt Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY (2021)
LKTV exhibition with Lino Kino Collective x Auto Mat gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2021)

Selected Publications

“Tasneem Sarkez” for KIDZ 2023 curated by Raphaelle Bellanger & Anna Gardere, Book, (forthcoming, 2024)

“Tasneem ‘Neem’ Sarkez on confronting the translational abstraction of Arabness” by Sarah Sadia Daoui, AZEEMA Magazine (2023)
“Saccharine Symbols - A Sweet Tooth for Politics” by David Valero, Metal Magazaine (2023) 
“Sugar-Coated Realities: An Interview With the Artists of ‘Saccharine Symbols’” by Rosie Fitter, Elephant Magazine (2023)
“Art shows to leave the house for in december 2023” by Ashleigh Kane, DAZED (2023)
“Saccharine Symbols”, Contemporary Art Library (2023)
“Saccharine Symbols at Rose Easton,” émergent Magazine (2023)
“Neem Sarkez is a Designhead” by Sahir Ahmed, Pink Essay (2023)
“Photography Then” by Clyde Nichols, ArtSeen - Brooklyn Rail (2023)
"A Show of Firsts" by Tasneem Sarkez, Read Copy Co (2023)
“Studio Diaries” by Tasneem Sarkez, Read Copy Co (2023)

Scratch Zine, Vol. 5 , Print Magazine (2022)

“What’s Gone is Dead” by Tasneem Sarkez, Asterisk* Journal for Art & Art History Issue #004, Yale University (2021)
Scratch Zine, Vol.3 "In Process", Print Magazine (2021)

Visceral 8 second issue "NOW" (2020)


Martin Wong 2023 Award, Martin Wong Foundation and the Department of Art and Art Professions, New York University (2023)

Public Collections

FORMA Arts, London, UK
Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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