Doa Aly was born in Cairo in 1976 and graduated in 2001 with a BA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo. Her academic training led her to develop an interest in body-image and movement. Her work examines the shift between the self and projected image, the constant struggle to ’become’ which finds expression in movement. Aly’s main sources of inspiration are the study of human anatomy and performance-based industries such as dance, circus acrobatics, and fashion.
Aly has recently taken part in a number of group shows such as Port City at the Arnolfini Museum, Bristol, UK, Recognise at the Contemporary Art Forum, London, UK, Dessins Projets at l’Appartement 22 in Rabat, Morocco. In 2006 and 2007 she participated in the 7th Dakar Biennial, Senegal, Snap Judgements curated by Okwui Enwezor at the International Center of Photography in New York, and The Maghreb Connection at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. Her work has been screened in 2007 as part of In Focus at the Tate Modern in London and at the Istanbul Biennial 2009 curated by WHW.
Doa Aly’s work was part of the exhibition "Dessins, Projects (3)" at L’appartement 22.