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Aisha A Abbassi

Aisha A Abbassi is an interdisciplinary artist and designer living in Tunis.

After two years of working as a graphic designer, she left the industry in search of a more impactful way to put her creative skills to use. Since returning to the arts, Aisha has worked as a project coordinator and artist-in-residence in Tunis, collaboratively employing alternative forms of education and the animation of public space(s) to engage local youth and children in Fouchana and Hafsia.

Her practice has a sculptural emphasis and employs mainly sérigraphie, patterns, and textiles. Aisha’s interdisciplinary works facilitate a new way of seeing and the valorization of everyday shapes and objects. Her work lies at the intersection of art, design, and civic action and is grounded in the themes of heritage and diaspora, art as social practice, and the democratization of art.

Through TASAWAR Curatorial Studios, Aisha wishes to find the intersection of contemporary and community arts in consideration of the local Tunisian and global contexts. Rather than attempting to define art, she seeks to discover its many uses and abilities in today’s context—where does it begin and end? What does art do? What can art do for Tunisia?

"I have no doubt that good curation can capture the Tunisian experience. 
But how can curation change it?"

FORMATION
2018 | Tunis.tn | Modern Standard Arabic
2014 | New York City.ny | AAP NYC
2012 – 2016 | Ithaca.ny | Bachelor of Fine Arts | Cornell University

BIO
Since 2019 | Tunis.tn | Artist-in-Residence | Collectif Creatif El Warcha
2018 | Tunis.tn | Project Coordinator, The City Is Ours | Jasmine Foundation
Since 2016 | NYC, TX, CO, VT.usa  | Graphic Design and Illustration

2012 – 2016 | Ithaca.ny | Studies
1998 – 2003 | Lived in Al Manar.kw
1994 | Born in Houston.tx

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 | Ithaca.ny | Voodoo Mama Juju | John Hartell Gallery | [1]
2016 | Ithaca.ny | CCA BIENNIAL: Abject/Object Empathies | FLOSSA by Caroline Woolard | [2]
2015 | Ithaca.ny | Bookwork+Castwork | Tjaden Experimental Gallery | [3]
2015 | Ithaca.ny | NY2C15 | Olive Tjaden Gallery | [4]

LINKS
aishaaabbassi.com
Aisha x CBG | A New Way of Seeing
Collectif Creatif – El Warcha
The City Is Ours | blog

PHOTO
Courtesy of Rachel Liu | Ithaca.ny | Cornell Botanic Gardens