Dina Danish 1981

Lives in Amsterdam (NL) / Caïro (EG). Works in Amsterdam (NL) / Caïro (EG).
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Barbara Seiler

Egyptian artist Dina Danish’s work combines conceptual art's preoccupation with language and structure with an interest in humor, misunderstanding, mistranslation and superstition.

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Winner of the Illy Present Future award at Artissima 18, Danish’s recent solo exhibitions include Re-Play: Back in 10 Minutes, SpazioA, Pistoia, Italy (2012); A Matter of Time, Galerie Barbara Seiler, Zurich (2011). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Kunsthall Oslo, Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) in Cairo in collaboration with Kunsthalle Bern, and at Annet Gelink, Amsterdam, and she performed Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata at the Cairo Pavilion of the Amsterdam Biennial. Danish was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2009-2010; Fondazione Spinola Banna Per L’Arte, Turin, 2011; and PiST///, Istanbul, 2012; and resides mainly in Amsterdam.

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DINA DANISH Born 1981 in Paris, France Lives and works in Amsterdam, NL and Caïro, EG EDUCATION 2006-2008 MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, US 2000-2005 BA, The American University in Cairo, EG 2004 The Value of Art, International Art History Summer Course, Cambridge University, UK RESIDENCIES 2014 Biennale Yogyakarta Residency, Yogyakarta, IN 2013 A.I.R. Dubai, by Delfina Foundation, Tashkeel, Art Dubai, and Dubai Culture, AE 2012 PiST///, BKVB, Istanbul, TR 2011 ResO Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Poirino, I 2009-2010 Rijksakademie van beeldenden kunsten, Amsterdam, NL 2008 Headlands Graduate Fellowship, Artist in Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, US AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS 2016 Nominated for The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015 Nominated for the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2013 Mondriaan Funds, NL Winner, Curator’s Choice Celeste Prize, Rome, IT Finalist, illy Art Rotterdam Prize with Barbara Seiler Gallery Longlist Prixe de Rome 2012 Winner, illy Present Future award, Artissima 18 with Jeanine Hofland 2011 BKVB Startstipendium, NL 2010 Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ICE), NL 2009 Institut Français des Pays-Bas, FR Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting, NL 2008 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, finalist, San Francisco, US Barclay Simpson Award, recipient, San Francisco, US SECA award, SFMOMA, finalist, San Francisco, US 2005 Fulbright Fellowship, finalist, Cairo, EG National Art Competition Award, 1st prize recipient, Cairo, EG 2000 Short Story Award, recipient, The American University in Cairo, EG RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION) 2016 The Poet Who Wanted to be Burried Underneath a Pinball Machine, Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam, NL The Admirer and the Admired (with Jean-Baptiste Maitre), Tyson, Cologne, DE 2015 Dictated But Not Read, Supplement Gallery, London, UK A Place in The Sun, Nile Sunset, Cairo, EG To Be A Pinball, Spazio A, Pistoia, IT 2013 Double Bubble Gum, Bubbles Double, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, CH Four Friends Fought Furiously for the Phone, Nederlands Bank, Amsterdam, NL 2012 Re-Play: Back in 10 Minutes, SpazioA, Pistoia, IT 2011 A Matter of Time, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, CH Shmina Shmanish, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL 2007 Howwa We Ana, However We Wanna, Play Space Gallery, San Francisco, USA 2006 The Motion of the Ocean, 5th Floor Gallery, Cairo, EG 2004 Momkin: Senior Student Exhibition, AUC, Cairo, EG GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION) 2016 The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Syntax and Society, curated by Nav Hap, Dubai, AE Travesia Curato, El Que Camina Al Lado, Madrid, ES Performance Practices in the Gallery Context, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL Where The Sun Hits The Water, Galerie Scharmann & Laskowski, Cologne, DE 2015 XII Baltic Triennial, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow, PL The Joycean Society, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL Crossed Out Title, group exhibition with Dina Danish, Nickel van Duijvenboden, Marijn van Kreij and Wouter Venema, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL A Blind Man in His Garden, curated by Kris Dittel and Emma Panza, LUMA/Westbau, Löwenbräukunst, Zurich, CH De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2015, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL Too Early Too Late. Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale Bologna, IT 2014 The Centre for Dying on Stage #1, curated by Kate Strain, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, IE, Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning?, de Appel Curatorial Programme and Stedleijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL Artists and Editions, Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, US Ways of Working According to an Office Desk, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL 2013 Not A Dead End, Biennale Yogyakarta, IN Beirut Season Four: Writing with the other hand is imagining, Beirut, Cairo, EG Some Misunderstandings, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK With the Sound of Your Voice, Parallel Projects of Maracech Biennale, Marracech, MA This is the House that Jack Built, Barbara Seiler Galerie, CH Burgois Leftovers, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, NL To scrap a proportion, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, NL Shapeshifting: My Friend, My Enemy, My Society, Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, NL Prospects & Concepts - Mondriaan Fonds toont talent, curated by Wim Waelput, LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, NL 2012 We’re All Here Because We’re Not All There, Tecoh Bruce Gallery, San Francisco, US We Are Rolling, GallerieJ, Geneve, CH Not in A Million Years, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL A Brand New Baby Carriage Standinge there on the Porch, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, CH On Demand 2, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL 2011 Run Comrade, The Old World is Behind You, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, NO The Cat Is On The Table, group exhibition curated by Chris Fitzpatrick at Spazio A, Pistoia, IT Two Versions of the Imaginary, curated by Maria Barnas, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, NL Dina Danish, 3 videos, videohOle project space, San Francisco, US 2010 Shadow Shop, a project by Stephanie Syjuko, SFMOMA, San Francisco, US Rijksakademie Open, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL Time After Time, Southern Exposure, san Francisco, USA Vision, Skybox, Amsterdam, NL I Must Say At First It Was Difficult Work, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, NO Drawing, CEIA, Belo Horizonte, BR International Poetry Festival, Rotterdam, NL 2009 Rijksakademie Open Studios, Rijksakademie van beeldenden kunsten, Amsterdam, NL Exercises in Seeing, Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco, US Amsterdam Biennale, Cairo Pavillion representative, Mediamatic Bank, Amsterdam, NL Fantasy for Allan Kaprow, CIC Cairo, Kunsthalle Bern, CH 2008 Vital Signs, Newcomb Art Gallery, New Orleans, US Negotiations, Clara Street Projects, San Francisco, US Institut for Social Research and the Discovery of Art God, Würrtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, DE ISR and the Discovery of Art God, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, US Urban Jealousy, The 1st International Roaming Biennale of Tehran, Istanbul, Tehran CCA Graduate Thesis Exhibition, CCA, San Francisco, US Curatorial Industries: Self-Storage, The Hardware Store Gallery, San Francisco, US Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, US Manual CC, Uqbar, Berlin, DE Reconciling America: Miraculous Encounters With The Mundane, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, US T-!0, Eighth Annual Video Festival, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA, US 2007 Eviction Bloodbath Unicorn: It’s an Art Show, Oakland, CA, US Faction, PLAySpace Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, US CCA MFA Video Screening with Adrian Paci, New Langton, San Francisco, US 2006 4th International Painting Biennial Of The Islamic World, Tehran, IR 1st Arab Youth Biennale, Cairo, EG 2005 National Art Competition, Cairo, EG 2004 Mouled El Mahrousa, Goethe Institute, Cairo, EG Re-investigating Vision, Townhouse Onsite, Cairo, EG Decadenz, University of Cambridge, King’s College, England, UK PICK 2, Townhouse: Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, EG