Dina Danish

Artistic Practice: Autonoom

Dina Danish (1981, Paris, France) is an artist and educator.
Dina’s work is inspired by overlooked historical moments, by language and structure, incorporating humour and misunderstanding.

Recently, in celebration of the 150 year anniversary of the Rijkskademie, Dina co-curated an exhibition with artist Hermann Pitz. She was also part of the KABK Reserach Group. Currently, Danish is working on translating Dadaist multi-lingual and visual poems into Arabic. She is also an active band member of Dina from Egypt, a lip-synching band that always performs its latest hits. Its model, which is based on a franchise, strives to achieve maximum celebrity with minimum effort.

Growing up in Cairo, Egypt, Dina received her BA from the American University in Cairo, followed by an MFA from CCA in San Francisco. Dina has taken part in artist residencies including the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Spinola Banna in Italy; PiST/// in Istanbul and A.i.R. Dubai; and was most recently an Affiliated Fellow at The American Academy in Rome. In addition to teaching at KABK, Dina is teaching mentor at Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and has been guest teaching at various other places, including Sandberg Institute and The American University in Cairo.

Her work has been internationally shown most notably at Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, IT; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam; Kunsthall Oslo; SFMOMA in San Francisco; Beirut and Nile Sunset Annex in Cairo; De Nederlandsche Bank and de Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. She performed at Pool Projects in Zurich; with de Appel at the Stedelijk Museum, at The Amsterdam Kunstverein, at the Projects Arts Centre in Dublin, and at the South London Gallery, UK.

She has been nominated for the Dutch Volkskrant Award, the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands; And Abraaj Art Prize in UAE; she is the recipient of the Illy Present Future Award at Artissima 18, Celeste Award and the Barclay Simpson Award in San Francisco.

Dina’s work is represented by Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam), Rita Urso (Milan) and Barbara Seiler (Zurich).


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