Youmna Chlala


Youmna Chlala is an artist and a writer whose work investigates the relationship between fate and architecture through drawing, video, sculpture, prose and performance.

She participated in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018), Lofoten Bienal (2017), Performa Biennial (2011) and has exhibited widely including at the Hayward Gallery, Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Drawing Center, Dubai Art Projects, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Camera Austria, ICA London, CultuurCentrum Bruges and Art In General.

Her book of poetry The Paper Camera is forthcoming by Litmus Press.She is the recipient of a 2018 O.Henry Award, Joseph Henry Jackson Award and founding editor of Eleven Eleven {1111} Journal of Literature and Art. Her writing appears in publications such as Guernica, Bespoke, CURA, Prairie Shooner, MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies and XCP: Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics. She is the co-founder of the Mutating Cities Institute. Chlala is the recipient of several residencies including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook and CAMAC: Center for Art and Technology. She is a Professor in the Humanities & Media Studies and Writing Departments at the Pratt Institute.

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