My name is nouf saleh. I was born and raised on the Sanaani mountains. I am also raised by the Mostarian river, and Midwestern lakes. I am being and creating on occupied Dakota and Anishinaabe land, aka Minneapolis, MN. I am an artist, photographer, cultural worker, organizer and art administrator.

My practice is a place for me to work through familial and societal expectations that is set for me of how a black woman from Sana’a is supposed to be or dream. And also, expectations of folks on the other side of the ocean of how a black woman from a third world country is supposed to be and dream.

In my most recent works, over the last three years, I speculate and research identity, time, collective memory, grief, familial relations, secrets, and absence. My practice is an incentive for my own healing and is a grieving and composting process. My work is a site for me to release myself of the expectations and personas I took on performing. My creative process(es) is how I get to remember myself and return to my purpose continuously. As I practice this for myself, I hope to also compel folks back to themselves and into their present. And with all this, I feel a duty to document my/our present(s).

Education & Arts Professional Experience

2019                Assistant Stage Manager, New Arab American Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2019                Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Studio Art & Ethnic Studies.
2018                Marketing & Development Intern, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2018-now   Film Screening Committee, Mizna, St. Paul, MN
2018                Film Festival Intern, Mizna, St. Paul, MN
2018                 Photographer & Special Collections Assistant, Flaten Art Museum, Northfield MN
2017-2019  Museum & Gallery Assistant, Flaten Art Museum, Northfield, MN
2017-2019  Digital Photo & Darkroom Assistant, St. Olaf College Art & Art History Department, Northfield, MN
2017                 Archival Intern, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL


2020       Tamarana is back, Foot in the door, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Virtual.

2019        Thikra, Student Senior Show, Flaten Art Museum, Northfield, MN

2019        (In)visible, Women in Art, Kelsey Theater, Northfield, MN

2018        Untitled, Student Juried Show, Flaten Art Museum, Northfield, MN.
2018        Home, Before We Were Banned II, Santa Fe, NM.
2017        Self-portrait Series, Student Juried Show, Flaten Art Museum, Northfield, MN


Awards, Grants, Residencies, Panels

2021       Taman Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
2020      Studio 400 Artist Member, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN
2019       Black Power: African & African American Solidarity Panelist, Black Table Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2015       Davis United World College Scholar for leadership in global engagement & cross-cultural awareness, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina