I am Nada, a Syrian-born artist based in Stockholm. Currently an MFA student at the Royal Institute of Art. I graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus 2009, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, specialized in mural painting.
Art-making is my attempt to process and comprehend worlds around and within me, and to derive meanings from them. To make art, I depart from lived experiences, I make connections between entangled stories and material knowledge to produce instants that can be shared with others. I weave stories about existence and the aesthetics of being, and tell them from an instinctive perspective, of survival and well-being.
2019-2021 Master’s program in Fine Arts. The Royal Institute of Art (KKH), Stockholm, Sweden.
2015-2016 Motion Creative program. Hyper Island, an institute for higher education, Stockholm, Sweden.
2005- 2009 Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, specialized in Oil and Mural Painting. Faculty of Fine Arts/University of Damascus, Syria.
2020 “Through solidarity, we survive!” Group exhibition organized by Coculture, in partnership with Oslo world and UDK, Berlin and Oslo.
2017 “Hope Stockholm galleri och insert.” Group exhibition and music concert supporting Flyktingfadder, Folkungkyrkan, Stockholm.
2015 “Syrian portraits.” Solo exhibition of my past work in oil painting, Subtopia, Stockholm.
2013 “Crossing Borders.” An international student exhibition organized by Emergent Art Space, SOMarts Gallery, San Francisco.
2012 “propaganda.” Visual art exhibition, funded by the British council, Gallery Mustafa Ali, Damascus.
2012 “The Annual spring exhibition.” Cooperation with the ministry of culture, Bassam Hamsho, Damascus.
2012 Group exhibition. Opening gallery CAP in Kuwait city.
And 10 other participation in group exhibitions in Syria 2009-2012
August 2018 – December 2018, Substitute art teacher. Internationella Engelska Skolan, Stockholm.
January 2017 – July 2018, Visual effects coordinator. Important looking Pirates AB, Stockholm.
August 2016 – Current, Freelancer visual Artist.
March 2016 – August 2016, Concept artist & storyboard artist. Mad Crew Production AB, Stockholm.
September 2012 – March 2013, Executive Director. Jadal; knowledge & culture, Amman, Jordan.
January 2010 – January 2012, Contracted painter. Tajalliyat art gallery, Damascus, Syria.
Grants and scholarships
2013, She Entrepreneurs program. A grant to attend a leadership program held by the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
2011, Arts development grant for travel, The British council.