I am an American writer based in Boston. I have been working in the Middle East since 2004 and lived there for seven years. I hold a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. My publications center around arts and culture from the region. I am particularly interested in relationships between art and current events, human rights, fashion, and gender, though I also avidly follow the art market.

I believe strongly in introducing a culture of balanced critique to the region’s press. In the past six years I have published more than 200 articles and interviewed more than 100 artists and designers who have roots in the Middle East.

Previously, I worked in the humanitarian development field and have directed major international NGOs in refugee camps, townships, overcrowded schools and public hospitals in the Middle East and Africa. I am equally comfortable in an LBD covering a Christie’s auction as I am sitting cross-legged on the floor of a temporary shelter made from corrugated tin, deep in a refugee camp.

When I began working in Dubai six years ago, I initially began my writing career as a blogger. I was the only person consistently blogging about Dubai’s emerging gallery scene at the time, and as a result gained a large, interactive readership almost immediately. After the first year I transitioned into the role of full time writer and stopped blogging (though I still remain active on social media). This space now mainly serves as a platform for viewing my publications and connecting.

I focus on interviews, features, critical reviews, and artist profiles. I have recently published work in ARTnews, Vogue (Arabia), Vogue Man (Arabia), Architectural Digest, Elephant, The National, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Selections, Contemporary Practices, Jadaliyya, Bitch, VOGUE (India), The Public Art Review, Canvas, Stylist Arabia, and elsewhere. Additionally, my writing regularly appears in gallery texts and is often translated into Arabic, French, and German.

Please reach out to me at: danna@dannawrites.com

 

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