Adel Abidin
Born in Baghdad, Iraq 1973. Lives and works between Helsinki, Finland and Amman, Jordan. He received a bachelor’s degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Media and New Media Art from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland in 2005. Abidin is a visual artist whose projects, whilst focused on global social, political, and cultural issues, traverse a complex landscape of identity, memory, exile, violence and war. His video and sculptural installations often reference pop culture, racial stereotypes and traditional icons, designing tense situations of confrontation and dialogue that truly engage the viewer. Since his representation of Finland at the Nordic Pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), his work has been shown at venues including: FOR-SITE Foundation, San Francisco; Kunstram Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin; Mori Art Museum, Roppongi; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; MAXXI, Rome; Aga Khan Museum, Toronto; KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Vedbaeck; Arter Space for Art, Istanbul; MOCCA, Toronto; Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris. Abidin work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as: 7th Moscow Biennale (2017), 54th and 56th Venice Biennale (Iran and Iraq Pavilion, (2015, 2011), 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015), 10th Sharjah Biennale (2011), 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010), 11th Cairo Biennale (2008), 4th Gothenburg Biennale (2007).