Dana Qaddah is an Arab artist currently based in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, Vancouver, BC. She describes her practice as an amalgamation of observations, physical and social inspired by the condition of the modern Arab expatriate living under the diluting effects of neoliberalism. She is also interested in presenting subversions to globalized stereotypes about the region. Such themes are expressed through photography, video, sound, sculpture, and writing — oftentimes producing multimedia installations.
She combines the use of found and fabricated material, undermining the existing hierarchy between these categories of artistic pursuit and highlighting the possibilities of circular economics. She has recently developed an interest in synthesizing traditional formal references with new media technologies to participate in the dialogues of Arab Futurism.
Qaddah just completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 2018, she participated in the Summer Institute with Bush Gallery at Plug In ICA in Winnipeg. At the first quarter of 2019, she was invited to be the writer and reader-in-residence during GET WITH IT: Critical Excavations on Land Use and Cultural Production at Access Gallery’s PLOT space in Vancouver. She also recently held a solo exhibition, to Tarsheeha at Ground Floor Art Centre in Vancouver.