Rund Alarabi was born in 1993 in Qatar. She is of Sudanese heritage, but spent time in Jeddah as a child. She has a BA in French language and linguistics from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and is currently studying for her MFA at the Städelschule (Hochschule für Bildende Künste), Frankfurt, Germany. Through photography, text, sound, and video she explores the interplay between people, spaces, and eras, and the alternate realities that emerge through collage. She also looks into the fate of personal archives and their influence on individual histories and collective memories.
She has participated in the group exhibitions Sindbad: A Dream Like State of Mind, Naqsh Art Studio, Jeddah (2021); Durational Portrait, Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2020); Letters: Fragments of Memory, Art Abu Dhabi (2018); and PULSE: Young Saudi Artists, Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2017). In 2016 she co-founded Locale, a female-led initiative to encourage local creative effort in Sudan, collaborating with artists to exhibit and publish their work. For Locale she co-curated This Will Have Been: Archives of the Past, Present and Future (2019) and What’s Popping: Celebrating a Generation (2016). She also writes and podcasts on art in Sudan. In 2019 she took a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York.