Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist, writer, researcher, educator and activist born in Baghdad, Iraq and is currently based in New York. 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.
Dena is also an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU and a Visiting Instructor in the Humanities and Media Studies Department and Pratt School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute.
Her work has been exhibited at 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 Lelia 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, Pro-Arts Gallery, 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.
Her work takes on varied practices including performance, installation, video, photography, sculpture, painting and writing. 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 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.