Noor Albastaki is a Bahraini visual artist that began her journey with art in 2003. She started as a member of the photography club at the University of Bahrain where she had the chance to be a part of many group exhibitions. These exhibitions were rich with various types of art from light photography to contemporary, and that allowed her to combine different art media types together. Her first international participation was in the Second Arabian European Photography Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. Noor's work portrayed the culture and tradition of her home country Bahrain. She received recognition when her work was selected as a winner in the Culture Category. During this exhibition she had the chance to meet many artists who became friends and worked together to produce a higher definition of art in many other venues.
Since art was her passion, she made sure to be a part of workshops where she can collaborate with other artists, add to the workshop and her skills. Two of these workshops were “Contemporary Angles” and “Contemporary Curves”, where 20 artworks were showcased to send different messages. Another workshop was with the Canadian artists Camille Zakharia, which was transformed into a unique art exhibition named “Transformation of Memories”. Noor’s artwork was titled “What’s Left … Hope!” which was an artistic criticism about landscape changes and environmental negligence in Bahrain. She aimed at sending a message in behalf of her beloved country’s green lives.
When she participated in the 8th Sharjah Biennial exhibition in UAE, she didn’t anticipate that her work would lead her to the United Nations headquarters in New York after members of the UN recommended her work "Paths and Steps". She proudly presented her work at the United Nations exhibition under the theme “Unlearning Intolerance” and was included as a speaker in the seminar that discusses the exhibition's topic. This experience was enriching, challenging and gave Noor the opportunity to speak he mind through her work and speech in front of hundreds of environmentalists and artists from all over the world. As a result of her ambitious and hard work, she took one step forward towards her first Solo exhibition in 2011. “Abdulqader Café” combined photography, video and installation work which is very close to her heart.
I have always loved showing my appreciation to life and people in my work. The simplicity of this place made it distinctive and special when you see the owners engrossed in providing an atmosphere of happiness and comfort to those old men who spend half of their day in the Café. All of this redefined life and how to live a simple life to the maximum and I expressed those feelings in my artwork