Born in the United States but raised throughout the the Middle East–between Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates–Ibi reflects on his multicultural mindset through photography and film. While many of his pieces are based on his own personal experiences, they often address controversial topics which conflict with the traditional Yemeni society he comes from. Ibi's work touches upon issues of sexuality, gender, and tradition; through his unfiltered images, he has succeeded in instigating heated discussions between Yemeni youth regarding the social and cultural effects of the widespread conservatism which has grown in the country and region over the past forty years.
In his body of work, Ibi seeks to emphasize a pivotal aspect of Middle Eastern culture and history that is accepting and open to change, regardless of conservative trends that have swept over the region. He also hopes to shed light on the the clear tradition of liberalism in the region dating back centuries, which can now only reveal itself through contained spurts. Through his practice, Ibrahim engages in controversial topics in an effort to normalize public discussions about self-exploration, sexuality, gender equality, and freedom of expression in the Middle East.
Ibi has exhibited his work extensively throughout the world, including solo and group exhibitions in Bahrain, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, South Korea, Germany, France, and the United States of America. Since the onset of the Yemen war/conflict in March of 2015, Ibi has been living in Berlin.