Dena A Al-Adeeb

Dena A Al-Adeeb is an Iraqi American scholar and artist. As a practicing artist, Al-Adeeb creates performative works dedicated to participatory and socially engaged art, and collaborative projects. Her artwork investigates the relationship among the politics, poetics, and aesthetics of mapping collective memory, subaltern narratives, repurposed architecture, and war-torn geographies in protest. The experience of being rooted within a community and an art practice, and researching through and within that practice/community, is critical to her activism, scholarship, and pedagogical praxes. Al-Adeeb’s research focuses on global war geographies and oil economies as they manifest through collective memory, material culture, and infrastructure, and she is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled: The Architecture of War: The Destructions of Iraq and the Rise of Petro-cultural Imaginaries. The book seeks to critically investigate how art, architecture, archaeology, and visual culture have been affected—destroyed, transformed, invented—by imperial and neoliberal processes in Iraq and the Arab Gulf countries. A current Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis, her work appears in a diversity of publications including: Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, among others, and has been exhibited internationally at such places as Mana Contemporary, Museum of Tunisia, Art 13: London: Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, and the Arab American National Museum.