About Danna Lorch
I am an American writer and editor based in Dubai. I hold a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and my publications center around art and culture from the region. I am particularly interested in relationships between Middle Eastern art and current events, human rights, and gender, though I also avidly follow the financial side of the market.
I believe strongly in introducing a culture of balanced critique to the region’s press. In the past three years I have published more than 200 articles and interviewed more than 100 artists who have roots in this part of the world.
The Middle East’s rapidly expanding arts scene constantly piques my curiosity. I can regularly be found, Dictaphone in hand, tiptoeing on patent leather heels through the sand to visit galleries in Dubai’s industrial warehouse district of Al Quoz.
I’ve found my place as the storyteller documenting and sharing many of the surprising and important things that are happening here, making both established and emerging voices accessible to a wider audience while debunking popular stereotypes.
In my previous life I was in the humanitarian development field and 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 relocated to Dubai four 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 editor and stopped blogging (though I still remain active on social media). You can still read my blog archives on this site, but this space now mainly serves as a platform for viewing my publications and connecting.
I focus on interviews, gallery texts, critical reviews, and artist profiles. I am a staff writer at ArtSlant and have recently published work in Architectural Digest, The National, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Selections, Contemporary Practices, Jadaliyya, Bitch, VOGUE (India), The Public Art Review, Canvas, Stylist Arabia, Style.Com/Arabia, and elsewhere. Additionally, my writing regularly appears in gallery texts and in artist monographs and is often translated into Arabic, French, and German.