Manal Abu-Shaheen (b. 1982) is a Queens-based artist born in Beirut, Lebanon. Her recent photographs of Beirut explore the monumental scale of western advertising in relationship to the post-war developing urban setting. She examines how the idealized image of one culture interacts with the reality of another. Her group exhibitions include Queens International 2016, Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2016); Anthology: Somewhere Not Here, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN (2016); Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2015); Video Snack 3, The Print Shop at MoMA PS1 hosted by ALLGOLD, Queens, NY (2014); and Swerve and Fracture, Camera Club of New York, New York, NY (2013). She is a recipient of the A.I.R Gallery Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY (2016): and Artist in the Marketplace Residency, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2015). Abu-Shaheen holds a B.A from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A in Photography from Yale School of Art.

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