Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 30, 2010

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the selection of the Arab American National Museum of Dearborn, Michigan, to organize the United States’ representation at the 12th Cairo International Biennale, to be held in Egypt from December 2010 through February 2011. The United States pavilion will feature the work of American artists Annabel Daou, Dahlia Elsayed, Rheim Alkadhi and Nadia Ayari. Ranya Husami, an independent curator, will curate the exhibition.

The four artists will exhibit work that examines issues of time, place, and identity. Daou will create a site-specific, time-based paper installation piece entitled from where to where. Elsayed will show diptych-styled conceptual maps, text-driven paintings that serve as records of internal and external geographies. Alkadhi’s work will consist of photographs, some digitally altered and reformatted, and an installation piece entitled Love in unusual times. Ayari’s paintings are visual narratives that explore form or depict surrealist characters in non-specific landscapes. The exhibit explores the relationship between physical location—or the lack thereof—and subjective state of mind, and seeks to convey a sense of each.

ECA’s Cultural Programs Division supports and manages the official U.S. participation at the Cairo Biennale. U.S. representation at this global event ensures that the excellence, vitality and diversity of the arts in the United States are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Murphy, 202-632-9366,

PRN: 2010/1172