Dana Suleymanova


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Artist's Biography

Dana Suleymanova (b.1996 Tashkent, Uzbekistan lives in Philadelphia) is an artist whose work oscillates between sculpture, video, and performance. She received her BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and has shown in Philadelphia’s FringeArts Festival, Art League Houston, BOX 13 Houston, Fusebox Festival,The Visual Arts Center, and Aurora Picture Show. Her practice is a playful dissection of power structures through comedy and performativity. The work explores the intersection of capitalism and gender while unpacking the often clunky navigation of being a queer immigrant.

Artist's Statement

Originally from Uzbekistan, Dana Suleymanova is an artist that lives in Philadelphia working primarily in sculpture, performance, and new media. Her work is a playful exploration of queerness through wonky sculptural objects and camp performance. She looks at the ways that objects and clothing are gendered and utilizes various materials and exaggerated scales to examine our relationship to them. Through her performance and video practice she builds shoddy cardboard sets to create spaces for her costumed characters, whose personas are often tongue in cheek exaggerations of everyday objects or cultural symbols. Personal inadequacy, failure, and shame linger beneath the surface of the work as she explores being a queer immigrant navigating a social landscape where production and reproduction are highly valued. Comedy becomes an important tool used to subvert systems of authority and pick apart the layers of power structures.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo & Two-Person
teenage cream, The Art League Houston, Houston, TX

Intimates, Sill Space, New York, NY

No More Mail Please, Inferno Gallery, Houston, TX

loose teeth, tight bras, BOX 13 ArtSpace, Houston, TX

WWCC 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, William Way LGBT Center, Philadelphia, PA

Frames Per Second Screening, Bok Building, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Lino Kino Public Access, Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA

Devil's Pie, Private Eye Gallery, Houston, TX

Shorts Shorts 2018: Hidden in Plain Sight, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

just browsing, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

Quickie, Dude Ranch Gallery, Austin, TX

It's Not What You Think, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX

Sculp-chur, Dimension Gallery, Austin, TX

META_'REA'_WORLD, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX

Non-Visual Art Show, Tacheles Gallery, Marfa, TX

Two Christmases and a Half-Birthday, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX

Artist's Bibliography

"Queer Art Workers Reflect: Dana Suleymanova," Hyperallergic

"Tip Five: January 16, 2020," Glasstire

"Happy Hour: Love Park Artists," The Fringe Podcast, S3:E17

"Dana Suleymanova: Helping You Wield Cupid's Bows," Philadelphia Gay News

"Performance Art Night September," Experimental Action

Programming, Lectures, Performances

dear Qupid, FringeArts Festival, Love Park, Philadelphia, PA

Rehearsal Artist, Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX

dear Qupid, Experimental Action Performance Festival, Houston, TX

60-in-Sixty, Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX

CORRECTION, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

UTHS Prom Night, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

Vytydygyty P R E S E N Z E (S), The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

SoundSpace: Feedback, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX


Welcome to My Homepage Digital Artist Residency, Austin, TX

Ox-Bow Residency Program, Saugatuck, MI


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
BFA, Studio Art
Digital Arts and Media Certificate