Manal Kara

19 March - 30 April 2022

Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Gary, Indiana-based Manal Kara. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.


With a keen interest and awareness of how they occupy an arts ecology, Manal Kara’s practice often begins outside of the studio. Often journaling their dreams, writing poetry, collecting photographs, and reading philosophy, the self-taught interdisciplinary artist constantly logs how the body comes to its present state of making. Kara’s sculptures are a by-product of a life lived. Citing French feminist writer, philosopher, and literary critic Hélène Cixous’s quote, “I have the inclination for avowal,” they continue with their own statement: “What I am engaged in is acts of wild, unbridled, desperate, orgiastic avowal. I am trying to reveal something, as much to myself as to anyone else.”



 Manal Kara (b. 1986 Pennsylvania, based in Gary, IN) is a Moroccan-American self-taught interdisciplinary artist. Their work has been exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York as well as in Istanbul, Vienna, and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include THE VIEWING-ROOM VS. THE ADORING-GAZE, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY, and Song of the Other Worm, Prairie, Chicago, IL. They have participated in residencies at ACRE, Ox-Bow, September Spring at the Kesey Farm, and Project Freewill. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Super Dutchess, New York, NY; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; and Hair + Nails, Minneapolis, MN.