Lida Abdul Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1973, she lived in Germany and India as a refugee before going to U.S. Her work fuses the formalist traditions she was trained in the US with the numerous aesthetic traditions – Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, pagan and nomadic – that collectively influenced Afghan art and culture. She has produced work in many media including video, film, photography, installation and live performance.
Her most recent work has been featured at the Venice Biennale 2005, Kunsthalle Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem Netherlands and Miami Cantral, CAC Centre d’art contemporain de Brétigny and Frac Lorraine Metz, France. She has also exhibited in festivals in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. She was also a featured artist at the Central Asian Biennial 2004. Recently she was in Kabul, Afghanistan working on projects exploring the relationship between architecture and identity in post-war Afghanistan. As an artist who works both in performance and video art, Lida Abdul creates poetic spaces that allow the viewer to interrogate the familiar and the personal. Her work is guided by a ritualized formalism that insinuates the immediacy of myth and the playfulness of a mind seeking to understand the surrounding world. In many ways, witnessing her pieces is like attempting to understand the riddles of the gestures and the repetitions that highlight her work. Abdul’s work is located at the intersection between art and architecture; it invites the viewer to see the unfolding of new forms but never resolves the contradictions and the paradoxes, the purpose of which seems to be to make us doubt our claims of understanding.