Dena Al-Adeeb is a visual artist, educator and scholar born in Baghdad, Iraq and currently living in New York City.
She is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Culture and Representation Track 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 North Africa/Women Studies from San Francisco State University.
Dena works in a variety of media including installation, performance, painting, sculpting, video, photography, sound, and writing.
As a cultural worker, educator and community based grassroots activist, she co-founded and worked in numerous organizations, institutions and teaching collectives in California as well as nationally in the US.
Dena also worked in the multi-media and e-learning industry as a graphic designer, illustrator, editor and publisher for several years before teaching at Expression College for Digital Arts.
Her work has been presented in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Michigan, Sweden, Cairo, Dubai, Tunisia and at the Orebro International Videoart Festival, Falaki Gallery, Mashrabia Gallery, Karim Francis Gallery, Bastakiya Art Fair, Galerie le Violon Bleu, Pro-Arts Gallery, the Arab American National Museum, 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, Contact Sheet, Contemporary Practices, Visual Arts from the Middle East, among others.