Meet the Artist
Etel Adnan (b. 1925, Lebanon, lives and works in Paris, France) is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. In 2003, Adnan was named “arguably the most celebrated and accomplished Arab American author writing today” by the academic journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Besides her literary output, Adnan continues to produce visual works in a variety of media, such as oil paintings, films and tapestries, which have been exhibited at galleries across the world. Her writings often address and protest against the turmoil of the Vietnam war, the Lebanese Civil War, and the tragedy of the Palestinian people. Her poetry and visual works are also informed by her relation to landscape, which for her is mingled with memory and a sentiment of displacement, since she was born and raised in Lebanon, but has lived, studied, and worked in France and California throughout her life.