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Dena Al-Adeeb

Misprints: An Interview with Paul Qaysi

[Paul Qaysi,

The beginnings of this conversation took place over a year ago when I met Paul during my Architecture of Memory exhibit at the Middle East Center for the Arts at MANA Contemporary in New Jersey. Paul came out to see the exhibit and we spent a long time talking about our works, shared experiences, and relationship to Iraq, war, displacement, photography, video, and issues of mis/representation.  I invited Paul to participate in my next performance ...

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Dena Al-Adeeb

Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist, writer, researcher, educator and activist born in Baghdad, Iraq and is currently based in New York. Forced out of Iraq just before the Iraq/Iran War in 1980, she and her family escaped to Kuwait until the beginning of the 1991 Gulf War, when she was forced to relocate to San Francisco, California. Dena left the US in 2003 where she spent time in several places before moving to Cairo, Egypt. She returned to the US in 2009.

Dena is a Ph.D. candidate in the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department, Culture and Representation track with a focus in Arts Politics at New York University. She received her M.A. in Anthropology-Sociology, Visual and Cultural Anthropology at the American University in Cairo. She received her B.A. in International Relations, Middle East, and Women Studies from San Francisco State University. Dena is a Visiting Instructor in the Humanities and Media Studies Department and Pratt School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute.

Her work takes on varied practices including writing, performance, installation, video, photography, drawing, sculpture and painting.  Her work has been exhibited internationally at such places as the Arab American National Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, Light Work Gallery, Art 13: London: Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, Headlands Center for the Arts, Worth Ryder Gallery at the University of California-Berkeley, MECA at Mana Contemporary and Leila Heller Gallery, The National Veterans Art Museum, Örebro International Videoart Festival, Darb 1718, Falaki Gallery, Mashrabia Gallery, Espcase Karim Francis Gallery, Bastakiya Art Fair, Galerie le Violon Bleu, among others. Dena has been a resident artist at Light Work and Mana Contemporary in New York.

Dena’s work has been published in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, The Color of Violence Anthology, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging, We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War Anthology, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Contemporary Practices Journal, Art Dubai Journal, Kritiker Literary Journal, Hysteria: Hysterical Feminisms Periodical, Contact Sheet, Light Work Annual 2011, among others.