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Sam Rabiyah
Pictured is an Iraqi man with dark brown buzzed hair, and short but evenly filled-in beard and mustache. He is pictured standing outside on a sunny day, with blue skies and light fluffy clouds in the background.

Portrait of Eyebeam Democracy Machine Fellow 2024, Sam Rabiyah. Courtesy of the artist.

Date and place of birth
b. 1994, Boston, MA
Current location
New York, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2024, Democracy Machine Fellow

Sam Rabiyah is a multidisciplinary technologist and creative based in NYC. He works at the intersection of counter-mapping, data visualization, investigative reporting, and oral history to challenge the boundaries of technology, making it more actionable to movement-based organizers and the public. 

Sam has spent six years co-creating tools with community leaders and organizers in New York City that seek to disrupt systems of power. He developed and maintained the Who Owns What project through relationships with local tenants’ rights groups to visualize hidden networks of property ownership across NYC real estate. An eight-year member of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Sam also led a co-creative design process to produce Worst Evictors, a digital archive and organizing tool against evictions. For the past year and a half, Sam has worked as a local news reporter and graphics journalist covering housing and the tenant movement. He also works within the Iraqi diaspora to build community and visibility for Iraqis and has collaborated with organizations such as the Iraqi Narratives Project, Awafi Kitchen, and the shakomakoNET publication. 

Sam’s visual and creative work has been featured in ProPublica, CityLab, Gothamist, and the New York Times. He has presented at the Housing Justice/Housing Futures Conference, KADIST and E-flux’s Ways of Reading Symposium, Radius of Arab American Writers, and the WYFY School in partnership with BUFU Collective and the School for Poetic Computation.

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