jananne al-ani was born in kirkuk, iraq in 1966. she studied fine art at the byam shaw school of art and graduated with a ma in photography from the royal college of art in 1997. she is currently senior research fellow at the university of the arts london. al-ani has had solo shows at the freer gallery of art and arthur m. sackler gallery, washington dc (2012); darat al funun, amman (2010); art now-tate britain, london (2005); and the imperial war museum, london (1999).
selected group exhibitions include all our relations, the 18th biennale of sydney (2012); arab express mori art museum, tokyo (2012); topographies de la guerre, le bal, paris (2011); the future of a promise, magazzini del sale, 54th venice biennale (2011); women war artists, imperial war museum, london (2011); closer, beirut art center (2009); the screen-eye or the new image: 100 videos to rethink the world, casino luxembourg (2007); and without boundary: seventeen ways of looking, museum of modern art, new york (2006). she has also co-curated exhibitions including veil (2003/4) and fair play (2001/2).
al-ani has received several awards, including the abraaj capital art prize (2011); the east international award (2001); and the john kobal photographic portrait award (1996). her work can be found in public and private collections among them the tate gallery and arts council england, london; the pompidou centre and fondation louis vuitton pour la création, paris; the smithsonian institution, washington dc; museum moderner kunst, vienna; mori art museum, tokyo and darat al funun – the khalid shoman foundation, amman.
in 2005, film and video umbrella published a monograph focusing on her moving image work. recent publications featuring her work include in ramallah, running (guy mannes-abbott and samar martha, black dog, 2012); footnote to a project* (sharmini pereira, abraaj capital art prize, 2011); site-writing: the architecture of art criticism (jane rendell, i.b.tauris, 2011); oil and sugar: contemporary art and islamic culture (glenn lowry, icc at the rom, 2009);contemporary british women artists: in their own words (rebecca fortnum, i.b.tauris, 2007); and home works (christine tohme and mona abu rayyan, ashkal alwan, 2003).