Exhibitions > Past Exhibitions
5 June – 13 September 2015
Etel Adnan, Untitled (#209), 2013, Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Hamburg
Now in her 90s, Adnan is an extraordinary creative voice and force of artistic renown. She moves freely between writing and art, poetry and tapestry and all aspects of her creative output will be reflected in the exhibition. Adnan was born in 1925 in Beruit and has been one of the leading voices in contemporary Arab American literature since the 1960s.
About the Artist
Poet, artist and writer Etel Adnan was born in 1925 in Beirut and now lives in California and Paris. Her mother was a Greek from Smyrna, her father, a high ranking Ottoman officer born in Damascus. In Lebanon, she was educated in French schools.
She studied literature at the Sorbonne, Paris, Harvard University and Berkeley University. In 1984, she worked with Robert Wilson on his opera CIVILwarS and has exhibited internationally. Based on her feelings of connection to, and solidarity with the Algerian war of independence, she began to resist the political implications of writing in French and shifted the focus of her creative expression to visual art; becoming a painter. But it was with her participation in the poets’ movement against the war in Vietnam that she began to write poems and became, in her words, “an American poet”.
Her recent publications include Master of the Eclipse (2009), Seasons (2008), In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (2005), and In/somnia (2002) and most recent solo exhibitions include Callicoon Fine Arts, New York (2014), the Whitney Biennial (2014)and DOCUMENTA 13 (2012).
Talks and Events
In Conversation with Gavin Bryars
Lunchtime Gallery Talk
A video is on the IMMA blog featuring Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, in conversation with artist Etel Adnan, in Paris, 16 May 2015 as well as Rachael Gilbourne, Assistant Curator: Exhibitions, IMMA, introducing the exhibition Etel Adnan at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Emma Haugh - Reading Troupe #04: In conjunction with the More Than One Maker exhibition presented in IMMA’s Project Spaces, artist Emma Haugh in collaboration with Louis Haugh produced Love is disturbing, a daylong workshop, wall pasted photographic series and zine, incorporating gestural, performative readings of the cost for love we are not willing to pay by Etel Adnan. To download a free copy of the accompanying zine click here.
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