Dina Danish, Shortlisted Artist, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016

Seventy-Seven Benevolent Elephants, 2015, Carpet, hand brushed against carpet grain, vacuum cleaning, 226 x 160 cm

Seventy-Seven Benevolent Elephants, 2013, 77 elephant figurines, Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Seventy-Seven Benevolent Elephants, is part of Danish’s ongoing fascination with tongue-twisters – sentences or word games that are constructed to be difficult to say, as they often rely on rapid alternations between similar yet distinct sounds. They are sometimes used to aid the learning of a language, particularly English the world’s unofficial lingua franca. Seventy-Seven Benevolent Elephants takes on forms that might be alternatives to the verbal failure of tongue-twisters, including a set of figurines that match the title, written text, or occasionally through the creation of theatrical stages that are able to host them as performances.


About Dina

Dina Danish was recognized by the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016 for her outstanding work and deep development of her practice over recent years.

Egyptian artist Dina Danish’s (b. 1981, Paris) work has been internationally shown in Museums and Institutions such as at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Kunsthall Oslo; SFMOMA in San Francisco; Beirut and Nile Sunset Annex in Cairo; De Nederlandsche Bank and de Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. She performed at Pool Projects in Zurich; with de Appel at the Stedelijk Museum, at The Amsterdam Kunstverein, at the Projects Arts Centre in Dublin, and the South London Gallery, UK.

Most recently she was part of a group show “The Joycean Society” at the Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam; she is currently one of artist contributors at the “ Million Lines” show at Baltic Triennial 2015.

She has been nominated for the Dutch Volkskrant Award and the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands Awards; she was awarded at the Illy Present Future Award at Artissima 18, Celeste Award and the Barclay Simpson Award in San Francisco.
Danish’s work is in private and public collections including the Nederlandsche Bank, Nomas Foundation, SFMOMA and MOMA.

After having studied at the American University in Cairo and receiving her MFA from CCA in San Francisco, she took part in artist residencies including the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Spinola Banna in Italy; PiST/// in Istanbul and A.i.R. Dubai. She is also a tutor at both Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Royal Academy, The Hague. She is currently represented by Stigter van Doesburg (Amsterdam), SpazioA (Pistoia) and Barbara Seiler (Zurich).

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