Middle East Studies

Annabel Daou | Declarations from the Fleeting Present

Annabel Daou, Declarations from a Fleeting Present, event poster

Thursday, September 28, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Webinar - Registration Required

About the Event
In conversation with visual and performance artist Annabel Daou, Brown University professor Nadje Al-Ali and Columbia University professor Kathryn Spellman Poots will introduce her art and the social and political significance of her work.

What role do rituals and day-to-day gestures play in her art? How does her work connect individual experience to collective action, memory and trauma? This conversation is part of a joint Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University series on gender, art, and body politics in the Middle East and its diasporas. The series examines intersecting inequalities and body politics expressed, represented, and transgressed in both visual and performance art.

Virtual Event

About the Artist
Annabel Daou’s work takes form in paper-based constructions, sound, performance, and video. Daou suspends, carves out, or records the language of daily life: from the ordinary or mundane to the intimately personal and urgently political. In her performance work, she explores questions of trust, intimacy, cross-cultural exchange, and the operations of power. Her work frequently evokes moments of rupture and chaos but with the tenuous possibility for repair. Daou was born and raised in Beirut and lives in New York. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including recently at The National Museum of Beirut; DG Kunstraum, Munich; and Arter, Istanbul. Recent solo exhibitions include “DECLARATION” at Ulrich Museum of Art, “Global Spotlight: Annabel Daou” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, and “Only If” at signs and symbols, New York. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Flash Art, ARTnews, and Canvas Magazine. Public collections include The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul; The Ulrich Museum of Art; The Warehouse, Dallas; The Morgan Library; and The Yale University Art Gallery. Recent residencies include the Pollock-Krasner Award at ISCP in New York and Haus Des Papiers in Berlin.