Dalia Amara is an American-Jordanian multidisciplinary artist living and working in New York with a practice that presents sculptural and performance pieces through photography and video. Her work uses the domestic space or photo/video studio as a staging ground for sites of trauma, desire, and banality. Amara's photographs and videos are invested in a personal visual language inspired by femininity, the everyday, horror, and commercial images and messaging to explore the anxieties of assimilating to cultural expectations. Born to multi-ethnic parents, and raised in the US, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, and UAE, the ever-changing home, along with the varying and at times contradictory cultural expectations, have all been at the heart of Amara's motivations in her work. Amara received her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and her BFA from Columbia College Chicago. Amara’s work has been shown internationally. She most recently participated in Skin Dips, a two-person exhibition at Selena Gallery in New York, the group exhibition, In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose, at Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto, and The Texture of Want, a two-person exhibition at MOUNTAIN Gallery in New York.
Selected Press, Interviews, and Essays
Press Release: Mountain Gallery. "The Texture of Want."
Interview: Public Parking. "Choreographic Displays: In Conversation with Dalia Amara."
Exhibition Essay: Leila Fatemi. "In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose."
Press Release: Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography. "In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose."
Review: The Art Newspaper. "Sex Dolls and Domesticity."
Review: Art F City. "Future Bodies are Everywhere and Terrifying."
Press Release: Selena Gallery. "Skin Dips."