Dalia Amara is an American-Jordanian visual artist working in photography, video, performance, and sculpture. Dalia was raised in the USA, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, and UAE. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago.
Her work is influenced by the cultural whiplash she experienced in her childhood and adolescence moving back and forth between the Midwest (USA) and the Middle East. She felt like an alien observer, attempting but failing to fully assimilate. She uses this feeling of the familiar but alien to question societal ideals, and how they are at times in opposition to the individual self. She is concerned with examining our relationships with power, desire, beauty, domesticity, femininity, and mortality.
Dalia has exhibited, screened, and lectured in the USA, Canada, and online at White Columns, Gallery 44, Selena Gallery, MOUNTAIN, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Her work has been written about or featured in The New Yorker, Observer, Artnet News, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, and Precog Magazine. She participated in the Surf Point Foundation Artist Residency in York, Maine.
New York, NY