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Artists Index: Etel Adnan

(b. 1925, Lebanon. Lives and works in California and Paris.) Adnan studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, U.C. Berkeley, and at Harvard, and taught at Dominican College in San Rafael, California, from 1958-1972. In 1972, she returned to Beirut and worked as cultural editor for two daily newspapers. Her novel ‘Sitt Marie-Rose’, published in Paris in 1977, won the France-Pays Arabes award and has been translated into more than ten languages. Adnan is the author of more than a dozen books in English, including ‘Journey to Mount Tamalpais’ (1986); ‘The Arab Apocalypse’ (1989); ‘In the Heart of Another Country’ (2005); and ‘Sea and Fog’ (2012), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and the California Book Award for Poetry; and ‘Night’ (2016). ‘To look at the sea it to become what one is’, a two volume collection of writing, was published in 2014, the same year she was awarded France’s l’Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. Her poems have been put to music by Tania Leon, Henry Treadgill, Gavin Bryars, Zad Moultaka, Annea Lockwood and Bun Ching Lam. Exhibitions of her paintings have been mounted at The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; and the Serpentine Galleries, London.