Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist/writer born in Baghdad and is currently based in New York City.
She is an adjunct faculty at Pratt Institute and New York University.
She is also a Ph.D. Candidate, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department at New York University. She is in the Culture and Representation track with a focus in Arts Politics.
Dena describes her scholarship as being similar to her art practice, in that it is research-based and takes on a transnational and trans-disciplinary approach to research, theory and criticism. She develops fluid research methods and varied approaches to production and collaborative engagement.
Her work takes on varied practices including performance, installation, video, photography, sculpture and painting. Dena’s work refracts the political aesthetic of memory, destruction and architecture. Conceptually obsessing over time and space through performative commemorations, she investigates the intersections of mapping collective trauma, exhumed architecture and necropolis geographies.
Dena’s work has been exhibited at the Worth Ryder Gallery at the University of California-Berkeley, Museum of Latin American Art, Headlands Center for the Arts, Mana Contemporary and Lelia Heller Gallery, Örebro International Videoart Festival, Darb 1718, Falaki Gallery, Mashrabia Gallery, Karim Francis Gallery, Bastakiya Art Fair, Galerie le Violon Bleu, Pro-Arts Gallery, among others.
Her 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, among others.