Etel Adnan
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1925. Lives and works in Paris, France. The artist, after an education in French schools in Lebanon, studied philosophy at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. In1955 she went to the United States to pursue post-graduate studies in philosophy at U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard. From 1958 to 1972, she taught philosophy at Dominican College of San Rafael, California. Etel Adnan’s career spans several decades and encompasses a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, tapestry, film, ceramics, and leporello artist books. Adnan was first an author of poetry and prose, often addressing and protesting against the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the Lebanese Civil War. The emotional and physical response to it was the landscape which informs her writing and later her artwork. For Adnan, the landscape is mingled with memory, especially a sentiment of displacement, as she was born and raised in Lebanon, but has lived, studied, and worked in France and California throughout her life. In 2012, Adnan was included in Documenta (13) in Germany. Since then, numerous museums have presented solo exhibitions of the artist’s work, including Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2018); MASS MoCA, North Adam, Massachusetts (2018); Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris (2017); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2016); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2015); Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria (2014-2015); Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2014). Photo by Ela Bialkowska. Image courtesy of the artist and Courtesy of the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins