Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist, scholar, activist, and new mama born in Baghdad, Iraq and is currently based in Oakland, California.
Her artwork takes on varied practices including performance, installation, video, photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, sound, and writing. Dena describes her art practice as being similar to her scholarship, in that it is research-based and takes on a transnational and trans-disciplinary approach. She creates performative, relational works, and is dedicated to participatory art, socially engaged projects, and collaborative engagements. Dena’s work refracts the political aesthetics of memory, marginalized narratives, and performative commemorations. Her work is concerned with dis/embodied experiences and how these resonate across fragmented encounters of time and space. She investigates the intersections of mapping collective trauma, exhumed architecture and necropolis geographies.
Her work has been exhibited throughtout the U.S. and internationally, at such places as Mana Contemporary in New York, Museum of Tunisia, Art 13: London: Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, Light Work Gallery in New York, Worth Ryder Gallery at the University of California-Berkeley, OFF Biennale Cairo, Arab American National Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Intermedia Arts, Örebro International Videoart Festival, Darb 1718, Falaki Gallery, Mashrabia Gallery, Espcase Karim Francis Gallery, Bastakiya Art Fair, Galerie le Violon Bleu, The National Veterans Art Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, among others. Dena has been a resident artist at Light Work and Mana Contemporary in New York.
Her work has been published in Ibraaz, Contemptorary, Light Work, Contemporary Practices Journal, Journal of Middle East Women s Studies, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War Anthology, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, The Color of Violence Anthology, Kritiker Literary, HYSTERIA, Jadaliyya, Art Dubai Journal, among others.
Dena is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department, Culture and Representation track at New York University. She is the recipient of the 2016-2017 American Association of University Women Fellowship.