Diana Al-Hadid


The Artist

Born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1981, Al-Hadid grew up in the American Midwest. She received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007.
Her sculptures take ‘towers' as their central theme, drawing together a wide variety of associations: power, wealth, technological and urban development, ideas of progress and globalism. They are also – both in legends such as the Tower of Babel, and reality, such as the horrors of the World Trade Centre attacks – symbols of the problems of cultural differences and conflicts. Al-Hadid's Tower of Infinite Problems poses as a toppled skyscraper. Made from crude materials such as plaster, Styrofoam, wax, and cardboard, her structure is a monument to human fallibility. Sprawling on the floor like an imaginary archaeological find, the sculpture places the viewer in a fictional role as futuristic observer, mourning the tragic follies of a past (our current) civilization. If viewed from the end, the two parts of the structure converge in an optical illusion, creating a spiral vortex suggesting a cyclical repetition of history. Al-Hadid says of her work, "I am not trying to discover who I am through my work. I am exploring those things that make less sense to me, where there is something new to discover." Al-Hadid builds her sculptures in parts that can be assembled and disassembled.
Her work, internationally known, has been exhibited in important museums, spaces and galleries including: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2018); Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York (2018); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2017); Mills College Art Museum, Oakland (2017); Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans (2016); The Vienna Secession, Vienna (2014); Nolli's Orders, Akron Museum of Art, Akron (2013); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2012); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2011); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York (2007). She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions at Arsenal Contemporary, New York (2018); Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco (2017); John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (2016); Galerie Isa, Mumbai (2015); Friedman Benda Gallery, New York (2014); The Farjam Foundation, Dubai (2014); Musèe Granet, Aix-en-Provence (2013); Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg (2012); RH Gallery, New York (2011); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2011); Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2011); The Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); Center for Arts and Culture, Montabaur (2008).

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