Lamya received her Masters of Arts in Communication Design from Central Saint Martin’s in the UK in 2007 after graduating from the American University of Sharjah in 2004. She was the first Emirati artist to represent the U.A.E at the country’s first National participation at the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009 where she showed Familial Series.
Lamya’s works have been included in solo and group shows around the world. Solo shows include Traces, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2014); Through the Looking Glass, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2012); Presence, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy (2012); Presence, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, Germany (2010); Presence, The Third Line, Doha, Qatar (2008). Some of her group exhibitions include Architecture of Loneliness, Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2018); Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World, American University, Washington D.C., USA (2018); Portrait of a Nation, (ADMAF), me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany (2016);Emirati Expressions: Conventions of Arts, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2015); A Burgeoning Collection, Sharjah, UAE (2015); Within Borders: Contemporary Art from the UAE, Farjam Foundation, Dubai, UAE (20150); View from Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art, Emirates Palace Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2015); Middle East Revealed, Salone del Mobile, Milano (2015); Sharjah Art Foundation Collection Works on Display, Cologne, Germany (2014); The Decisive Moment: 8th Emirates Photography Competition, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2014); Fluid Form II: Arab Contemporary Art in Korea, NEMO Samsung Blue Square, Seoul, Korea (2014); I exist (in some way), Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK (2013); Look/13, the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival and Belgian Nomadic Arts Centre, Moussem, Belgium (2013); Wet Tiles, Malmo Arab Film Festival, Malmo, Sweden (2012).
She participated in several film festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland; Osaka Film Festival, Japan; Amsterdam Arab Film Festival, Netherlands; Paris Arab Film Festival, France and Dubai International Film Festival, UAE. Throughout her career Lamya has won a number of awards for her work in film and photography. In 2004, Lamya received first prize in the Emirates Film Festival, as well as Ibdaa Special Jury Award for her movie titled, Wet Tiles.
Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE and Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.
Lamya Gargash currently lives and works in Dubai.