Lida Abdul

Alongside Mircea Cantor, Lida Abdul also had her video work The Tree (2005) acquired as one of the winners of the Derek Williams Trust Artes Mundi Purchase Prize during Artes Mundi 3. The documentary centres on a discussion between young men reflecting on their reason for cutting down a tree that is still alive and bearing fruits. They explain that because it was the site of many hangings, it had to be destroyed.

Credit: Lida Abdul

Lida Abdul uses film, photography, installation and live performance to explore

the aftermath of war. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in1973 and left the country after it was invaded  by the Soviet Union. She now divides her time between Afghanistan and Europe. In 2007 she has a number of solo shows including at the National Archaeological Museum,Naples and the National Museum of Kabul, Afghanistan. She has been included  in many group shows including 2nd Moscow Biennale and 8th Sharjah Biennale in 2007 and 51st Venice Biennale, International Art Exhibition “Afghan Pavilion” in 2005.


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