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Photo by Tom Dempsey

Chart Towards the Charms is on view June 5-Sept 13 at Pier 1, 70th St & Hudson River Walk in Riverside Park. Part of Re:Growth curated by Karin Bravin

The exhibition features over 20 site specific artist projects, read more about my project and others at this wonderful NY Times review of the show by Hilarie M. Sheets.

Review in Sculpture Magazine, Nov/Dec 2020 issue
Written by Sarah Tanguy
A really thoughtful review of Which Yesterday Is Tomorrow? at Transformer Gallery, Washington DC

Solo Exhibition: Common Language
March 17 – April 17, 2020
Reception: March 24, 4:30 – 7:30pm
Lemmerman Gallery, NJCU
Hepburn Hall, Room 323
2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305

Common Language presents a series of works on paper and a site-specific ceramic installation by artist Dahlia Elsayed. Her allegorical landscapes use a symbolic vocabulary rooted in cartography, comics, and cosmology. Through Elsayed’s visual narrative, the exhibition explores the possibilities of transcultural visual communication, the potentials and limits of language, and the ways in which image and text modify each other for alternative meanings.

Which Yesterday is Tomorrow?
Dahlia Elsayed & Andrew Demirjian
March 14 – April 25, 2020
Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW Washington, DC
Opening Reception: March 14th, 5-8pm
Holding Patterns: April 4th, 2-4pm
Cultures in Contact: April 25th, 2-4pm
Pre-Sunset Pause: Every Thursday, 4-6pm
Transformer is proud to present Which Yesterday Is Tomorrow?, a rest stop for the future based on the past, by artists Dahlia Elsayed and Andrew Demirjian. This multi-sensory installation reimagines the Silk Road caravanserai as a potential site for the exchange of ideas and culture.
By drawing upon the vocabulary of social and sacred architecture from Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA), Elsayed and Demirjian – both diasporic artists from this region – create a space for engagement, pause, and reflection. Transformer’s interior is completely reimagined – the walls, floors, and ceilings are embellished with vibrant textiles, rugs, and furnishings; a spatialized soundtrack composed of deconstructed folk instruments, and fragrant mists and Turkish coffee envelops the air. Elsayed and Demirjian create an alternate world intended to reconnect visitors with the senses, rituals, and mythologies that have been diminished in an age dominated by relentless commerce and time scarcity.
In a region that once thrived on the cosmopolitan and mutual interchange of ideas, Which Yesterday Is Tomorrow? conjures a fictive location where aesthetics and ideologies are exchanged freely, establishing an alternative to the historical narrative of colonization, crisis, and territoriality portrayed in Western media. In keeping with this approach, Elsayed and Demirjian have also invited and curated a group of designers, painters, sculptors, and poets to create mementos to contribute to the installation, establishing a space for re-connection for artists from the SWANA diaspora.


A large and beautiful sketchbook show at Gallery Aferro, Glimpse arose from curator Evonne M. Davis’ fascination with and love of materials that reveal the artistic process. With almost 100 national artists and collectives participating, the exhibit features a substantial, immersive range of sketches, sketchbooks, artist books, lists, musings, drawings and studies, “black books,” proof sheets, and doodles on napkins or the backs of envelopes dating from as early as the 1940s to the present day.

On view February 22- March 28, 2020
Gallery Aferro
73 Market St. Newark, NJ

Mapping Life
October 17-November 26, 2019

Opening Reception October 17, 5-8pm
Lemmerman Gallery
NJCU 2309 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City, NJ

Mapping Life sheds light onto contemporary artists’ varied use of cartographic methods and forms in translating people’s lives, actions, and memories into their work. The work ranges from painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. Participating artists are: Noriko Ambe, Dahlia Elsayed, Kenji Kojima, Dominique Paul, Nyugen Smith, Yasunao Tone, and Sachigusa Yasuda. The show is curated by Midori Yoshimoto, NJCU Gallery Director.

2 shows opening in April

Psychogeography at The Hewlitt Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College opens Wednesday, April 3rd.
221 E. 71st St, New York, NY
On view through May 1.

Process and Practice at Gallery Aferro, opens Saturday April 6th
73 Market St., Newark, NJ
On view through May 25th.

Navigating NY exhibition opened at the NY Transit Museum. The show features contemporary artists maps and historical maps and is on view till Fall 2019. Read more about it here.

some views while working on a large project.







New drawings in “Oh What A World” at the Visual Arts Center of NJ June 1- Sept 9, 2018
Reviewed on Hyperallergic and ArtSpiel