Lida Abdul

Once Upon Awakening
, 2006
16mm film transferred to digital video, 16:9, colour, sound
6 minutes 50 seconds Click to enlarge

Biography

Born Kabul, Afghanistan 1973
Lives and works in Kabul, Afghanistan and Los Angeles, the United States of America

 

Lida Abdul was born in Kabul in 1973. She received a BA in political science in 1997 and a BA in philosophy in 1998 from California State University, Fullerton, and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 2000.

The artist fled Afghanistan with her family following the Soviet invasion in 1979, and lived as refugee in India and Germany before immigrating to the United States.

Abdul’s work often focuses on bodies and landscapes, exploring their complex interaction as a way to examine notions of identity, homeland, exile, and political resistance. Abdul’s art also addresses the issue of Afghan citizens’ depiction in Western mass media, where it is common to only report on Afghanistan in contexts of terror and war. Through her art, the artist hopes Western representations will expand beyond that image and learn more about their people and cultures.

Public collections include: MoMA / The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), FRAC / Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Lorraine (Metz), GAM Museum (Turin), Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, Kansas), Devi Art Foundation (India), OK Centrum for Contemporary Art, Linz; as well as private collections across Europe, North America and Asia.

 

CV

Bibliography

Artist website


Exhibitions

Lida Abdul

Ruins: Stories of Awakenings


Recent Works

Lida Abdul

Once Upon Awakening
, 2006
16mm film transferred to digital video, 16:9, colour, sound
6 minutes 50 seconds
This work is available. Enquire here.

Lida Abdul

Once Upon Awakening
, 2006
Archival pigment print on paper
105.5 x 163.5 cm (framed size)
This work is available. Enquire here.

Lida Abdul

Dome
, 2005
Digital video, 4:3, colour, sound
4 minutes 50 seconds
This work is available. Enquire here.

Lida Abdul

Clapping with Stones
, 2005
16mm film transferred to digital video, 16:9, colour, sound
4 minutes 53 seconds
This work is available. Enquire here.

Publications

Lida Abdul

The Unquiet World
, 2006
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art