Nidaa Aboulhosn works with photography, drawing, and time-based media. She creates visual poems that blur the line between the real and the imagined. Exploring the elusive idea of home, her recent photobook, Kharita, is a cryptic roadmap of photographs and drawings that operate as navigational tools. In her current research, she is creating montages of fragmentary observations and exploring through different modes of expression how the mind constructs our experience of reality. Aboulhosn's work is informed by her interest in the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, as well as metaphysical interpretations of reality and her curiosity about the nature of consciousness.
Aboulhosn holds a B.S. in environmental health from the American University of Beirut (AUB), B.A. in studio art from Arizona State University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor at AUB and Assistant Professor at Ithaca College. She divides her time between New York and Beirut.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Interdisciplinary art
- Technology and art
- Visual representation
- Time-based media
- ART 2601 Introduction to PhotographyThis course explores camera and lens as devices that frame and translate three-dimensional space to a two-dimensional surface. Through assignments and individual investigation, students acquire a deeper understanding of visual perception and photography as medium for personal expression. This course introduces students to photographic processes and assumes no prior knowledge of photography.
- ART 3699 Photography Special Topics: Symbol (Spring 2022)Advanced studio course related to photography. Topics vary each semester.
- ART 3699 Photography Special Topics: Alchemy & Allusion (Fall 2022)Advanced studio course related to photography. Topics vary each semester.
- ART 4001 Thesis IThis course continues the independent studio research and production of the Advanced Practice course to prepare students for ART 4002: Thesis II. During Thesis I, students begin to research, develop, and clarify their thesis proposals through dialogues, readings, and critiques with members of the Core Thesis Faculty. Emphasis is on deepening awareness of the intention and reading of the work and situating individual interests within and against historical, theoretical, and conceptual contexts.
- ART 4002 Thesis IIThis course is the final B.F.A. studio semester in which students develop and present an independent body of work that may take the form of an exhibition or some other project. Students will work with members of the Core Thesis Faculty to define and refine the positions formulated within each work and to foster the ability to speak about one's own work as well as the work of others. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies of productive self-criticality to inform their work both during and beyond the thesis semester.
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- Star Photobook Award nominee, by Photographic Social Vision (2022)
- Light Work Photography Grant: Honorable Mention (2021)
- Resident artist at AiR 351 in Lisbon, Portugal (2019)
- Resident artist at La Asociación Jiwar Creació i Societat in Barcelona, Spain (2019)
- Philadelphia Photo Arts Center's Contemporary Photography Competition: Honorable Mention recognition (2018), awarded by the MoMA's Assistant Curator of Photography
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- Measures and Meaning, Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Cornell University (2022)
- Home Land /Domov Poda, Gem Center for the Arts, Boise, Idaho (2019)
- At the Intersection of Memory and Conjecture, Northlight Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona (2016)
- Aboulhosn, Nidaa, Kharita, photobook, self-published (2022)
- Aboulhosn, Nidaa, "Valley of the Saints," Dark Ink Magazine, Volume I, Issue III (2018)
- Aboulhosn, Nidaa, "To Build Itself Ruin or Wonder," Diptych Magazine, Winter 2017