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Adnan Samman
b. 1993, Syria

Adnan Samman is a Syrian mixed media artist and content creator now based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His work draws influence from pop art, and combines it with Middle Eastern and North African themes, mostly including Arabic text. Adnan’s work has highlighted a wide range of topics such as armed conflicts, feminism and urban environment. Three of his works are now in the collection of the Oriental Museum in Durham, UK.

In late 2018, Adnan founded the digital archive Syria Before 2011, where he curates and presents rare, sometimes never seen before, photos of Syria, mostly taken by foreign travellers who passed by the country before the beginning of the civil war in 2011.

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Over 15 international group exhibitions
Works on commission


Selected Exhibitions

2022 Ubiquity and Fluidity, The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK
2021 'Alternative Narratives: Islamic Mythology, Reimagined', P21 Gallery, London, UK
2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy
2019 PopArte, Antwerp, Belgium
2019 'Structures of Impermanence', Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2019 'On the Rocks Festival', St. Andrews, Scotland
2019 'Daftar Asfar exhibition', Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2019 Group exhibition, t’Werkhuys Borgerhout, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 Group exhibition, The Corner Art Space, Amman, Jordan
2018 Sabir Festival, Palermo, Italy
2018 International Arts Week at SciencesPo University, Reims, France
2018 Group exhibition, Villa Vigoni, Mennagio, Italy
2018 'East of West x Artummah', Santa Fe, USA
2016 'JASMINE- Demitasse', UAL Showroom, London, UK
2016 Group Exhibition, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2016 'Part of Us: Displaced Artists', Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2016 'Papers Festival', Barbican Centre, London, UK
2016 'Part of Us: Projects for Change: Outside the Lines', London College of Fashion, London, UK