Columbia College Chicago, 2009, BFA
Dalia Amara is an American-Jordanian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York with a practice based in photography, video and performance art. Amara received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and her BFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her work uses the domestic space or photo/video studio as a staging ground for sites of trauma, desire, and banality. Amara’s recent photographs and videos are invested in the visual language of feminine beauty, and the anxieties of assimilating to cultural expectations. Born to multi-ethnic parents, and raised in the US, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar and UAE, the ever-changing home, along with the varying and at times contradictory cultural expectations, have all been at the heart of Amara's motivations in her work. Amara has been featured in Paper Journal (UK), Art F City, and The Art Newspaper. She most recently participated in Skin Dips, a two-person exhibition with Florencia Escudero at Selena Gallery in New York, which featured photographs using anthropomorphism to explore representations of the female body that emit female beauty terror.