Etel Adnan was born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon. For Etel Adnan, writing and painting are two modes of expression of one and the same language. Writing is mixed up with drawing and drawing is mixed up with writing. “To write is to draw,” says the poet. From New York to Beirut, from Sausalito to Paris, her works have been inspired by the cities and landscapes she has discovered and traversed. A foreigner everywhere without ever having been exiled, this artist who has lived the twentieth century with intensity, in a perpetual present, describes in her writings how places and languages have shaped the flowering of her poetic and pictorial work.
Her work was included in the exhibition 'Luogo e Segni' (2019) at Punta della Dogana.