Yumna Al-Arashi

Yumna Al-Arashi, born to a Yemeni father and Egyptian mother, was raised in the United States.

She studied Social Inquiry at The New School in New York City and her on-going work has
received support from Tribeca Film Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The US Department
of State Office of Art in Embassies, The Magnum Foundation, Photoville, The International
Center for Photography, National Geographic, NOWNESS, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
(AFAC), and International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).
With a background in both journalism and fashion, her aesthetic breathes new life into social
issues such as women’s rights and human rights injustices. Her work seeks to create space for
thought and discussion using an aesthetic inspired by history, nature, and the female form. Her
approach to these often times delicate topics is far from conventional, as she believes strongly
that traditional media so often solidifies harmful stereotypes, especially surrounding the subjects
she works with in The Middle East as well as victims of human rights injustice. She often spends
months researching particular subjects in order to create the most impactful, honest, and fair
story.