Avan Omar (a.k.a. Avan Omer) was born in Sulaimania, South Kurdistan. Avan Omar currently works as artist, educator and curator between the Netherlands and South Kurdistan. Before studying with DAI, Avan Omar graduated from the College of Fine Arts, University of Sulaymaniyah in 2004. Much of her work is concerned with issues of gender, culture and ecology.
In 2018, as artist in residence at Terwijde farmhouse, Utrecht, the Netherlands, she participated in Erfgoed, the first project by Center for Ecological (Un)learning (CEU),a long-term co-initiative by The Outsiders Union and Casco to cultivate art-ecological practice in this new part of the city of Utrecht.
Learn more about Avan Omar's 20 minute performance Eye am for Maelstrom Slow Dance - DAI's marathon of lecture performances, June 2017, Theater Oostpool in Arnhem.
Learn more about Avan Omar's written MA thesis (DAI, 2017): Performing Stereotype