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Adra Kandil
b. 1993, Lebanon

Adra, also known as "Dear Nostalgia," has over 35K Instagram followers and combines nostalgic, dreamlike photographs with culturally relevant clues, offering a visual commentary on modern-day situations. Her art combines a retro look with bright pop colors, modern typography, and the cosmos to create a visual reflection of her generation's struggle and hopes. Her art is a remembrance of recollections, in which she creates visual letters to the past, present, and future.

Her work explores culture, gender equality, high-end fashion, contemporary social and trending concerns, female empowerment, and social and political transformation in the Middle East and Lebanon, among other topics. Adra has exhibited in cities around the world, including Beirut, California, Paris, Switzerland, New York, Amsterdam, Montreal, and Barcelona. She has also worked with a number of non-governmental organizations and collaborated with local and multinational brands, galleries, and publications, including Gucci, Chanel, the UNDP, Zahrat Al Khaleej, Ounass, Elle Arabia, Arabic Pop Art, Ghawali, Jamalouki Magazine, Nour Hammour, Emergeast, Nour Shamma, Oddfish, Kerning Cultures, Caelos, and The Volunteer Circle.

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International group exhibitions
Award winner
Museum exhibitions



2017-2018 MA in Coolhunting, Global Trends, and Innovation For Design, Elisava - University School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2014-2017 BA in Creative Adverstising and Branding, IED Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2011 High School Diploma, ACS Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Exhibitions

2021 'NFT M.E.', Emergeast NFT exhibition, Open Sea
2021 'Echoes From Lebanon', I Have Learned Academy x KAS Germany, Virtual Exhibition
2020 'BaselxBeirut', Basel, Switzerland
2020 'Li Watani', Paris, France
2020 Restaurant Elixier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2020 'Artist of The Month', Hook Cafe, Beirut, Lebanon
2020 The 961 collective, La Belle Epoque Event, Montreal, Canada
2020 'Exotica Flora', Leo Burnett, Beirut Lebanon
2020 'The Silent Leaders Exhibition', Beit Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
2020 Artist of the month 2020, Hook Cafe, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 'Twilight City', Sage Parlour, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 Cub Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 Beirut Design Week, Design and Nostalgia Edition, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 Five3 Gallery, California, USA
2019 'Edition 1 and 2', Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon
2018 'Paper Garden', 6BC Botanical Garden of NYC, New York, USA
2018 'TEDXWOMEN', Barcelona, Spain
2018 National Museum of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


2021 'Collaging a Gender-Equal Future' Finalist, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
2019 Winner of a Silver LAUS Award, Barcelona, Spain
Winner of rank in 50 most outstanding students of IED Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


2021 Beirut City Guide, Stuff We Love
2021 UNDP Peace Supplement
2021 Grazia Magazine, '5 female creatives that are making waves in the region'
2020 Scene Arabia, Interview
2020 Arab News, Nostalgia in Arab Art Interview
2020 MEAD magazine interview
2020 The Modern East, Artist of the day feature
2020 Vice Arabia, Miraa is for Women
2020 Grazia Magazine


UNDP Peace Building Supplement, Beirut, Lebanon - November 2021
Cover and Campaign for Chanel No.5 100th - Jamalouki Magazine, December 2021
Cover art for ArabPop Magazine, Italy, August 2021
Full Gucci Lookbook 2021- Jamalouki Magazine, June 2021
UNDP Peace Supplement, Artwork Feature, Beirut, Lebanon, January 2021
Zahrat Al Khaleej Magazine, Interview Feature, January 2021
Latin-Arab Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2020
Local Foreigner Petry Book by Amanda Dufour, Artwork Commissions, July 2020
Elle Arabia, Artwork Feature, April 2020
The Silent Leaders Book, Four Artworks Features, February 2020