Nadia Shihab

Nadia Shihab is an artist whose work draws on her interest in diasporic longing, relationships to place, and processes of improvisation. Her films (JADDOLAND, AMAL'S GARDEN, and I COME FROM IRAQ) explore and reassemble personal migratory narratives with a concern for the unseen – spaces of alienation, states of absence, the condition of dislocation – and the ways in which the unnoticed can be intimated and rendered visible. She has also composed music for films and her compositions often build from improvised rhythmic cycles into dense atmospheres streaked with melodic phrasing.​  Her work has screened in film festivals and galleries internationally, including at the Centre Pompidou, Arab American National Museum, and the Dubai International Film Festival. She lives and works in Oakland, California.