Lida Abdul (b. 1973, Kabul, Afghanistan) is a video and performance artist based in Los Angeles, USA, and Kabul. In her work, she juxtaposes the space of politics with the space of reverie, the space of shelter with that of the desert, and in all of this she tries to perform the ‘blank spaces’ that are formed when people lose everything. Abdul’s selected solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2005); Petition for Another World, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2006); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada (2007); Modern Mondays, MoMA, New York, USA (2007); GSK Contemporary Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2008) and Centre d'Art Plastiques, Lyon, France (2015). Her selected group exhibitions include Painting As a Way of Living, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey (2006); Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea (2006); Illuminations, Tate Modern, London, UK (2007); The End, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA (2009); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Fairy tales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan (2015); Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015) and Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2016).

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