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Lena Kassicieh
b. 1989, Palestine

Lena Kassicieh is a Palestinian-American ceramicist, photographer and mixed-media artist currently based in Dubai, UAE.
Having lived between the deserts of New Mexico and Jordan, she completed her masters of science degree in cultural and social anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her work is multidisciplinary and experimental in its nature, including illustrations, ceramics, collages, sketchbooks, acrylic paintings and photographs.

Her works, though colourful and bright, are often inspired by the many banalities of everyday life; laundry hanging out to dry in arid summer air, cotton candy being sold at a stop light, a dog's tongue lapping outside the open car window.
Throughout the various mediums in which she works, elements of her interests in anthropology and the psychology of human activity emerge; her work often observes the melancholy found in daily life, and the impact of globalization on design and advertisements. Her collage work and ceramics combine texture and a distinct colour palette to instill a sense of whimsy and curiosity. Themes like nostalgia, the strangeness of dreams, and abandonment are common throughout her work.

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Selected Exhibitions

2020 Warehouse421 x Gulf Photo Plus Photography Resident | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2020 Gulf Photo Plus Online Exhibition & Print Sale, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2020 Warehouse421 x Gulf Photo Plus Photography Resident, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2019 Exhibiting designer at Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan
2019 Daftar Asfar, The University of New Mexico Art Museum , Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
2019 Art Dubai’s UAE NOW, 'Daftar Asfar', Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2018 ‘SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico’ show at Harwood Art Center, New Mexico, USA
2018 ‘Women’s Work’ group exhibition at Ghostwolf Gallery, New Mexico, USA
2016 ‘Doing Well, Don’t Worry’, Women’s Museum of Denmark, Cairo, Egypt
2013 Group show at The Studio, Amman, Jordan