Collection Artwork
2012 19 4a pr w01
Diana Al-Hadid (born Syria, 1981)
We Will Control the Vertical
2009
8-color screen print on Coventry rag, 335 gsm
Exit Art
Axelle Editions (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York, 1999 – 2016)
image size: 30 x 20 in.
paper size: 30 x 20 in.
Gift of Exit Art
2012.19.4a
40/50 + 8AP, 5PP
Signed and inscribed, verso, lower right: Diana Al-Hadid 40/50

Object Label

Hidden between cascading streaks of pink and green, the outlines of architectural turrets and spires become apparent in the composition. Diana Al-Hadid’s architectural forms meld Islamic and Western influences, referencing decorative Islamic architecture as well as Western minimalist design. Born in Aleppo, Syria, she moved to Ohio at the age of five. In her work she attempts to reconcile her personal history of growing up in a Muslim household in suburban America. When making art, she finds that each “side” of her cultural upbringing “wins arguments along the way” as she can identify areas of her work where minimalist design principles or decorative Islamic features have overtaken and dictated the form. Fusing elements of her dual cultures, Al-Hadid deconstructs the notion that a person must ascribe to only one cultural identity. Through her varied aesthetic vocabulary she shows how they can coexist.

From the exhibition: We Will Control the Vertical (August 20 – December 4, 2016)

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