exhibitionDala NasserTime spent without its flow Curated by Odessa Warren 01.04—05.05.202256 Conduit Street

01.04—05.05.2022 Wednesday—Saturday
56 Conduit Street

V.O. Curations proudly presents Time spent without its flow, the first solo exhibition in the UK by Dala Nasser. The exhibition presents new works which extend Dala’s lines of inquiry into the histories of ecology in South Lebanon. Made on the land of her family’s home, the works focus on her material-based practice and the history of territory in the region. Decades of war and occupation has led to the intense militarisation and surveillance of a place which sits at the edge of a country that cannot contain it and the tip of a frontier it cannot cross. Under conditions of protracted and slow violence, Dala’s artistic process is embedded in time that seems, in Lisa Baraitsers words, ‘unbearable in its refusal to move’. In this temporal mode, maintaining ongoing relations with others involves ‘arduous temporal practices’ of care. These acts are durational, repetitious, but ultimately allow for ‘the renewal of everyday life’. 

Made over several months, Dala pieces together her canvases using discarded fabrics – curtains, bedsheets and pillowcases sourced from her great grandparents’ home. She creates charcoal etchings over flintstone terrace walls and olive trees planted two hundred years ago. Left outside, her canvases are formed by rain and wind which wash away her rubbings. By returning to create her etchings once more, Dala gestures to the ways in which her process is involved in temporal practices of caring, tending, staying, and enduring. The materials of her works appear thin, almost fragile, their many folds bearing witness to the repetitive and durational way they were shaped, through time passed. Their pink and red hues owe their colour to the dyes she makes from drying wildflowers that grow on the land. These soft and sharp tints signal the life, both human and non-human, which these temporal practices sustain.

In continually returning to her works, of repeating, remaking, undoing, and putting back together, Dala speaks to her refusal of settling on a defined form. By producing works in suspended states of unmaking, she reflects her own ambivalent and diasporic attachment to South Lebanon. Situating herself in a position of unknowing, she echoes Jamaica Kincaid’s relationship to her garden. Working in, with, and through the earth thus becomes an ‘exercise in memory’, a way of coming to know her own past and the history of the land as it is indirectly related to her. In doing so, Dala tells us that her practice is not about being inside or outside but about working in immanence, of inhabiting, tending, and caring for these materials and this territory.

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Nasser holds a BA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Arts, London (2016) and an MFA in Painting/ Printmaking from Yale School of Art (2021).

Solo exhibitions include ‘Adonis River’, Renaissance Society, Chicago (2023); ‘Red in Tooth’, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2022); ‘Time spent without its flow’, V.O Curations, London (2022); ‘In the Purple’, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2021).

Her works have featured in group exhibitions including ‘Aichi Triennale 2025: A Time Between Ashes and Roses’, Nagoya (2025 - upcoming); ‘Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing’, Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2024); ‘Diriyah Biennale 2024: After Rain’, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2023); ‘Thinking Historically in the Present’, Sharjah Biennial 15, Sharjah (2023); Art Basel, Deborah Schamoni booth, Basel (2023); ‘No Title’, Chapter NY, New York (2023); 58th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2022); 58th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2022); ‘Your flesh as my greatest poem’, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2022); ‘The Dead Shall be Raised’, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2022); ‘By Any Means’, V.O Curations, London (2021); ‘Dala Nasser & Anne Lowe’, L’inconnue, Paris (2020); ‘Surface Tension’, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2019);‘Touche’, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2019); ‘Lateral Recovery Position’, Betonsalon, Paris (2019); ‘Body’, L’INCONNUE, Montreal (2018); ‘This is Water, That is Earth’, Protocinema at Marfa Projects, Beirut (2018); ‘Surface Work’, Victoria Miro, London (2018); ‘The Pain of Others’, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2018).

Nasser was artist-in-residence at V.O Curations, London (2021); Gapado AIR, Jeju Island South Korea (2019); and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2017). She has been awarded the Sursock Museum 32nd Salon D’Automne Emerging Artist Prize, Beirut (2017) and nominated for the Follow Fluxus - After Fluxus art prize (2022).