Lida Abdul

Exhibitions: 2008

Born in 1973 in Kabul, Afghanistan
Lives and works in Los Angeles and Kabul



2018 – Lida Abdul, Time, Love and the Workings of Anti-Love II, Giorgio Persano Gallery, Progetto Fo.To, Turin, Italy
2015 – Lida Adbul, Cap Centre, Lyon, France
2015 – Dhaka Art Summit, Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh
2014 – Lida Abdul, Foundation Calouste|Gulbenkian, Paris, France
2013 – Lida Abdul, CAC Málaga, Spain
2013 – Videotank #7: Lida Abdul, Foreman Art Gallery, Bishop’s University, Quebec, Canada
2013 – Lida Abdul, What we have overlooked, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin, Italy
2013 – Lida Abdul, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
2010 – Lida Abdul, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
2010 – Lida Abdul, MADRE Museum of Contemporary Art, Naples, Italy
2010 – Lida Abdul, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
2010 – The Individual and the War, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster, Münster, Germany
2010 – Ruins: Stories of Awakening, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 – Moving Perspectives, Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA
2008 – Lida Abdul, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy
2008 – Lida Abdul, Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) and The Western Front, Vancouver, Cananda
2008 – Intimacies of Distant War, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York, New York, USA
2008 – Lida Abdul, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
2008 – Memory, Giorgio Persano Gallery, Turin, Italy
2008 – Lida Abdul, Le Print Temps Seprembre, Toulouse Art Festival, Toulouse, France
2008 – Crossing Europe, In Transit, Ok Centrum for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
2008 – Lida Abdul, IDEA Space, Colorado Collage, Colorado Springs, USA
2008 – Lida Abdul, GSK Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2007 – Lida Abdul, National Museum of Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan
2007 – Once upon awakening, Location One, New York, USA
2007 – Lida Abdul, Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice, France
2007 – Lida Abdul, Musée national Picasso, Vallauris, France
2007 – White House, Netwerk Centrum, Aalst, Belgium
2007 – Modern Days, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2007 – MANN, National Archeological Museum of Naples, Italy
2007 – Lida Abdul, Museum of Picasso, Vallauris, France
2006 – What we saw upon awaking, CAC Centre d’art contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny, France
2006 – Lida Abdul, Pino Pascali Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Polignano a Mare, Bari, Italy
2006 – Petition for another world, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, The Netherlands
2006 – After War Games, Musées Palais du Tau de Reims, Reims, France
2005 – France Afghan Pavilion, 51. International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2005 – Lida Abdul, Ursula Blickle Video lounge, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria



2016 – MODA Curates 2016: Lines of Flight, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
2016 – Mining Warm Data, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2016 – Inherit in the Wind, Fundação Eugénio de Aleida, Évora, Portugal
2016 – Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
2016 – Surprise, Netwerk vzw, Aalst, Belgium
2016 – Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitide, Busan, South Korea
2015 – The war which is coming is not the first one, Great War 1914 – 2014, Mart Museum, Rovereto, Italy
2015 – Mario Merz Prize. The 5 Finalists, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
2015 – Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, France
2015 – All the World’s Futures, Pavilion of Cuba, San Servolo Island, Venice, Italy
2015 – All the World’s Futures, Pavilion of Iran, Cannargio, Venice, Italy
2015 – Fairy Tales, Mueseum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 – Universe in Universe, Bruges, Belgium
2014 – Utopian Days x Freedom, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
2014 – Beyond Pressure, Yangon, Myanmar
2014 – Le Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 – Kulturhust Stadsteadtern Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 – La Guerra Che Verrà Non È La Prima, MART Rovereto, Trento, Italy
2013 – Transition Project, Yapi and Kredi Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 – 43rd National Salon of Artists, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
2012 – dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany
2012 – Nuit Blanche 2012, White Spirit at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Francia
2011 – Persistance des ruines (screening), Cinéma des Cinéastes, Paris, Francia
2011 – Beyond Memory, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
2010 – HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
2010 – Monument to Transformation, Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2010 – Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA
2010 – Human Condition, Kunstahaus Graz, Austria
2009 – Extra/Ordinary: Video Art from Asia, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USA
2009 – In Transit (screening), The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway
2009 – End of Times, Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA
2009 – Dream and Reality, Contemporary Art from the Near East, Paul Klee Museum, Bern, Germany
2009 – A Sud del mondo: identita culturali e diversita geo-politiche nell’arte Contemporanea, ARS. MAC Taranto, Italy
2009 – Riwaq Biennial, Ramallah, (2007-2009) Palestine
2008 – Eurasia, Geographic cross-overs in Art, Trento, Italy
2008 – 4th Trienniale of Friedrichshafen, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany
2008 – Yellow Cruise, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
2008 – Soft Power, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art (and touring), China
2008 – Open Sky, Kunstverein Medientrum, Graz, Austria
2007 – II Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2007 – Illuminations, Tate Modern, London, UK
2007 – Thermocline of Art, New Asian Waves, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany
2007 – Global Feminisms, Feminist Biennale, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York , USA
2007 – Memorial to the Iraq War, ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
2007 – Still Life: art, ecology and the politics of change, 8th Sharjah Biennial, Bangladesh
2007 – Beyond the Dust, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy
2007 – About Time II, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
2007 – Relics and Ruins, Espaço Cultural Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007 – Soft Power, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2007 – Riwaq Biennial, Ramallah, Palestine
2006 – Universe in Universie, 27th São Paulo Biennial, Sāo Paulo, Brazil
2006 – The Unquiet World, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
2006 – Painting as a way of Living, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
2006 – Fast Futures: Asian Video Art, Asia Society India Centre, Mumbai, India
2006 – ACAW Asian Contemporary Art Week, Brooklyn Art Museum, New York, USA
2005 – Resistance, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France
2005 – Transformations, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, USA
2005 – Taste of Others, Apex Art, New York, USA
2005 – Defence, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, USA
2004 – Contemporaneity, Academy of Fine Arts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; National Museum of Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Foundation for Culture and Civil Society, Kabul, Afghanistan
2002 – All Stars of Los Angeles Performance Art, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Hollywood, USA
2002 – After the Ruins of Kabul, live performance and readings, Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, USA
2000 – 2nd Coming, Orange County Contemporary Centre for the Arts, Santa Ana, USA Arthouse, Irvine, USA Execution Funk, Track 16, Santa Monica, USA
1999 – Compulsive Beauty and its Discontents, University Gallery, California State University Long Beach, USA
1999 – Art History Department, University of California, Irvine, USA
1999 – Hot and Sticky, Highways, Santa Monica, USA



2015 – Finalist Mario Merz Prize 1, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
2009 – EMAF Award- Dialogpreis, Osnabrueck, Germany
2008 – Artes Mundi Prize (shortlist), Cardiff, Wales, UK
2007 – UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
2006 – Prince Claus Cultural Award, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2005 – Taiwan Award, 51. Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2005 – Pino Pascali Award, Polignano a Mare, Bari, Italy



2007 – Artist in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA
2005 – Intra-Nation Residency, Banff Center for the Arts, Alberta, Canada
2005 – Cite International Residency, Paris, France



The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
FRAC Fonds Régional d’art contemporain de Lorraine, Metz, France
Devi Foundation India
GAM Museum, Turin, Italy
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
OK Centrum for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria



2000 – MFA, University of California, Irvine, USA
1997-1998 – BA in political science and philosophy, California State University, Fullerton, USA