Lida Abdul: The Unquiet World
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 2006
Born Kabul, Afghanistan 1973
Lives and works in Kabul and Los Angeles
Lida Abdul 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 depiction of Afghan citizens in Western mass media, where it is common to only report on Afghanistan in the context of terror and war. Through her art, Abdul 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.