Image researcher and sound artist.
باحث/ة صورة و صانع/ة أصوات

Born in 1997, Damascus-Syria, and based in Rotterdam - the Netherlands.

Working with documentary images of violence and victims, whether they are highly produced documentaries, news images, or low-resolution phone footage, some of these images get penetrated by bullets and shrapnel to start leaking fiction into the battlefield, fiction that gets mixed with violence and gets captured by yet another documenting camera. Omarleen researches the poetics and politics of images by investigating how the documentary form documents a reality that questions its truthfulness.


Omarleen is a sound artist and singer, designing sound for films, creating sound installations, and doing live improvisation with other musicians and sound artists. Omarleen's sounds are influenced by and in a conversation/conflict with Arabic Maqams,(Sufi Hadras حضرة , Ibtihalat ابتهالات , latmyat لطميات), pop songs and other sounds and noises from the SWANA region.

2022-  Master Artistic Research, The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL.
2018-2022 Graduated from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Bachelor of Base for Experiment, Art and Research, Arnhem, NL.

Group exhibitions:
2023, Los Angles debut event, Kanaal40, Amsterdam, NL
2023, TEC ART, Worm, Rotterdam, NL
2023, Fruits de Mar, NEST/ Master Artistic Research, The Hague, NL
2022, Gogbot MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE, Planetart, Enschede, NL
2022, Tableau vivant, Extrapool, Nijmegen, NL
2021, Passing through time, Foundation Hortus, Nijmegen, NL
2020, The Paradigmatic wall of the segregated herd, Motel Spatie, Arnhem, NL 
2019, Toxic Bunker: The Artist as a Cockroach, Omstand, Arnhem, NL
2019, Queeructation event, Motel Spatie, Arnhem, NL
2017, 31 Illegal Murals, Motel Spatie, Arnhem, NL

Solo exhibitions:  
2018, Gelders doek, De Koepel, Arnhem, NL
2016, Journey, Motel Spatie, Arnhem, NL

Residencies and internships:
2022, Singing and poetry practice with singer and artist Karima El Filali, Amsterdam, NL 
2021, Residency at Cittadellarte, Accademia UNIDEE- Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, IT

2023, Loom 2nd by Subbacultcha and We Are Public, OT301, Amsterdam, NL
2021, End workshop by TakaTaka, ArtEZ, Arnhem, NL
2021, Open Studios, Cittadellarte, Accademia UNIDEE – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, IT
2021, performing for Marieke Peeters at DOOR, Zaandam, NL
2021, performing for Marieke Peeters at ALL INN - Het Hem, Zaandam, NL
2020, Ruimer denken met Erik Hagoort Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
2020, performing for Marieke Peeters at Something Where There Should Be Nothing, Arnhem, NL

Other related experiences:
2021- (currently), cofounder and program organizer, Under the Table art space, Arnhem, NL
2021-2022, cofounder, Aswat Naqisa, Sonic research duo, Rotterdam /Arnhem, NL
2021, Program organizer, Parasite Radio with Under the Table UTT, 12th Edition Sonsbeek 20-24, Arnhem, NL
2021 Sound design for the film "Limina" by Laila Ali Saber Rodrigues
2021 Sound design for the film "De Kazerne" by Anne Schoemaker
2017-2019, Founder and organizer, Garage cinema, Motel Spatie, Arnhem, NL 
2018 Camera operator, Alarabiya TV channel, Berlin, DE
2017 Camera operator, Alarabiya TV channel, Amsterdam, NL