Noor Abed

Noor Abed (b.1988 Jerusalem) is an artist and researcher based in Ramallah. Her recent practice examines how forms of resistance and cultural production have shifted with the emergence of a neoliberal economy in Palestine. Through the lens of social choreography and movement analysis, the research questions how the illusion of post-colonial conditions, new forms of localism, and societal normalizations are developing through capitalist development within colonial powers.

Abed attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York in 2015-16, and HWP Home Works Program – Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, 2016-17. She received her BA from the International Academy of Arts -Palestine, and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles. A finalist and a third prize-winner in the 2014 Young Artist Award, she was awarded the March Project residency and commission from Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, 2016. Abed was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France in 2018, and a fellowship at the Raw Material Company in Dakar, Senegal in 2019.

Abed worked as an assistant curator (fellow) at dOCUMENTA(13)’s ‘Department of Maybe Education and Public Programs’ in Kassel, Germany. She was the coordinator of the Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series at CalArts (2014-15). In 2019-20, she co-founded, with Lara Khaldi, the School of Intrusions in Ramallah, Palestine.

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