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Artist talk with Ghalia Benali and Dindga McCannon, moderated by Monika Fabjianska for the closing of Fabula Rasa.

December 15, 1pm 

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Dindga McCannon (Philadelphia, PA) grew up in Harlem and began her career studying under Harlem Renaissance artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Charles Alston, Richard Mayhew, and Al Loving at the Art Students League of New York and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She went on to become a pillar of the influential African-American art collective Weusi, and later a co-founder (with Faith Ringgold) of Where We At, a groundbreaking collective affiliated with the Black Arts Movement.


McCannon’s work is in the public collections of the National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Michigan State University. Her work has featured in major museum exhibitions, including Afro-Atlantic Histories at the National Gallery of Art, We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985 organized by the Brooklyn Museum; and Black Power at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.


Ghalia Benali (Brussels, Belgium and Tunis, Tunisia) is a singer, songwriter, writer, artist and actor. Benali's southern Tunisian upbringing and fascination with Middle Eastern and legendary Arab artists and poets are palpable in her visual art and music.


Born in Brussels, Belgium, and raised in Zarzis, Tunisia, Benali embarked on her music career in the early 1990s, during the rise of the international “World Music" movement that exposed her to different cultures and philosophies. Benali returned to Brussels to study graphic design at the Institut Saint-Luc of Graphic Arts. Soon she became a widely recognized songstress in Europe, and in 2012 she made her debut on an Arab stage.

Ghalia is an award winning film actress, most notably for her lead role in “As I open my eyes” by Leyla Bouzid. Her musical performances and recordings have received critical acclaim and tens of thousands of followers.


Monika Fabijanska is an independent art historian and curator who specializes in women's and feminist art. She curated critically acclaimed exhibitions The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S. (John Jay College, 2018), ecofeminism(s) (Thomas Erben Gallery, 2020), and Betsy Damon. Passages: Rites and Rituals (La MaMa Galleria, 2021), mentioned among The New York Times best shows of 2021. Fabijanska initiated the idea and provided curatorial consulting for The Museum of Modern Art’s acquisition and retrospective exhibition of Alina Szapocznikow (2012).

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