Hana Akram was born and raised in Riyadh, KSA, and currently resides and works in Dubai, UAE. Driven by her Kurdish heritage and upbringing, her work reveals the complexities of belonging to a stateless ethnic group and explores the fluid essence of her own identity. Painting variably with oils and acrylics, she brings to existence the liquefied figure that has been long excluded from the international narrative and creates connectedness in this amorphous world. She holds a BFA in Interior Design from the American University in Dubai and she is currently an MFA candidate from the Savannah College of Art & Design (June 2023). As a scholar and painter, Hana’s work tributes to diasporic identities emerging from the Middle East and further connects to discussions of migration and displacement within the region.