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Azza El Siddique

August 10, 2024

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Azza El Siddique is known for her dynamic and evocative artwork that often intersects various mediums and themes of mortality, science, mythology, and spirituality. Inspired by her research into ancient Egyptian and Nubian death traditions, El Siddique grapples with protean matters: the inevitable collapse of everything, what happens after life, and how we may find comfort in the face of mortality. El Siddique, born in Khartoum, Sudan, currently lives and works in New Haven, CT. She received an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2019.

El Siddique was selected for exhibition by a panel of Mattress Factory alumni artists through International Open Call. Mattress Factory believes that alumni artists, those artists who have completed a residency and exhibition with us, know better than anyone what our resources and capacity can accomplish and how special our community is. The panel offers a perspective unlike any other, one that is deeply familiar with the museum, engaged in many aspects of the contemporary art field, and invested in pushing our exhibitions program in new directions.  The artist alumni panelists were Vanessa German, Sohrab Kashani, Christopher Meerdo and Sarah Oppenheimer.



August 10, 2024


500 Sampsonia

About The Artist

Azza El Siddique (b. Khartoum, Sudan) received an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2019 and a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2014. She has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, Amant Foundation, NY, John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency, Wisconsin and Harbourfront Center, Ontario. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Artforum, Artpapers, CanadianArt, and Border Crossings. Past exhibitions include In the place of annihilation, MIT List Center, Cambridge MA, Dampen the flame; Extinguish the fire, Helena Anrather, NY, that which trembles wavers, Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal, Material Tells, Oakville Galleries, Ontario, RAW, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, and GTA 2021, The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.


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