Lara Atallah

Lara Atallah is a New York-based artist and writer. Her practice is informed by her interest in the political nature of landscape, and the power it holds to reshape our perception of borders. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally, and is part of the Onassis Cultural Foundation's collection in Athens, as well as the NYU Langone Art Collection. Recent exhibitions include the American University Museum, Trestle Gallery, ON CANAL. Her first book, Edge of Elysium, Vol.1 was published by Open Projects Press in September 2019. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Camera Austria, Flash Art Italia, and The Brooklyn Rail among others.


June 22, 2021 — Wendy's Subway x Fully Booked x Makhzin

I had the honor to illustrate the cover of Wendy's Subway's latest book "Among a Sea of Influences," edited by Mirene Arsanios and Rachel Valinsky. 

The book documents a series of workshops and conversations between Marwa Helal, Mona Kareem, and Iman Mersal around the themes of poetry and translation. You can view and order the book here.

June 14 - July 11, 2021 — Red Bull Arts Detroit - Art Mile Editions

I have a piece included in this showcase curated by friends at Maamoul Press.

Maamoul Press is a guest curator of a Red Bull Arts Detroit - Art Mile Editions online exhibition, showcasing a range of contemporary works around a diversity of experiences and narratives from emerging as well as established artists in and around diaspora.

View the exhibition online through July 11, 2021.

April 1-30, 2021 — Arab American National Museum

Pleased to announced that I've been selected for a remote residency at the Arab American National Museum during which I will be working on my forthcoming book, The Sun That Stood Still. You can read more about it here.

March 18 - April 5, 2021

Honored to be showing The World Is an Island at HOME Gallery in chinatown

March 7 - April 30, 2021

For the next two months, I have two pieces featured in the ArteEast's Legacy Trilogy Exhibition on Artsy. You can access the show here.

November 16-23, 2020 — Tokyo Art Book Fair

Edge of Elysium, Vol.1  featured as part of Open Project's lineup at the Tokyo Art Book Fair this year.

October 16-18, 2020 — Vancouver Art Book Fair

Happy to have Edge of Elysium Vol.1 part of Open Projects' lineup at the Vancouver Art Book Fair this year. 

September 27, 2020

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sheryl Oppenheim for Bomb Magazine about Edge of Elysium, Vol.1. You can read it here.

September 21, 2020

I am pleased to announce that my book Edge of Elysium, Vol.1 was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Thomas J. Watson Library.

August 22, 2020

I was invited by NY Cultural Majlis to speak about my work. You can watch the talk here

July 17, 2020

I'm honored to have been included in Asiya Wadud's Echo Exhibit organized by the LMCC as part of the River to River festival.

From late June to early July, Asiya Wadud, Chia-Lun Chang, Madison McCartha, Alisha Mascarenhas, Sevinç Çalhanoğlu, and myself had 15 minute phone conversations with strangers, which we then turned into poems. Shannon Finnegan created vinyls out of these poems that now live on a few storefronts in Manhattan's Seaport area. 

You can read our poems here.

June 25, 2020

Happy to have Edge of Elysium Vol.1 part of Open Projects' lineup at the Brooklyn Virtual Art Book Fair this year. 

May 1, 2020

At 6:30 PM EST, I'll be reading —on zoom—from Edge of Elysium, Vol.1, alongside Magali Duzant reading from her book The Moon and Stars and Liz Sales reading from On Medicine & Madness.

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