Apama Mackey Gallery
UPCOMING:  Mateo Pizarro 
Opening Reception : June 24 / 6 - 8 pm
"let's communicate quietly in a noisy world"
Flag For Touching / acrylic on paper / 20 x 26 in. / 2017
Flag For Silence / / acrylic on paper / 20 x 26 in. / 2017
Flag For Peaking Moments / / acrylic on paper / 20 x 26 in. / 2017
Flag For Goosebumps / acrylic on paper / 20 x 26 in. / 2017


Flags Days is a new series of paintings that mark metaphysical and psychological states using the familiar forms and iconography of flags. Based on common understanding of flags as symbolic proclamations of territory and identity, Ms. Elsayed has created a suite of 20 new flags that act as markers for the ambiguous and existential states of the modern world. Using bright colors and symbols on a rectangular field, the flags convey a range of possible conditions for use: a flag for analog days, a flag for peaking moments, a flag for planning escapes, a flag for silence. Situating experiential states as equivalent to physical states, the flags suggest connections between transcendent and territorial spaces, and, as symbolic devices that use vexillography (flag design) to communicate quietly in a noisy world.


Dahlia Elsayed is an artist and writer who makes text and image based work that synthesizes an internal and external experience of place, connecting the ephemeral to the concrete. She writes short fictions for created landscapes that take the form of narrative paintings and installations. Visually, the work pulls from conceptual art, comics, and cartography and uses symbols of hard data (flags, signs, borders, geologic forms) to frame soft data (wordplay, metaphors, lists, idioms) allowing image and language to continuously modify each other.


Her work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, Robert Miller Gallery, Bravin Lee Programs, The New Jersey State Museum and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the public collections of the The Newark Museum, The Zimmerli Museum,

Johnson & Johnson Corporation, The US Department of State, amongst others. She has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, Women’s Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The NJ State Council on

the Arts. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and is Associate Professor of Fine Art at CUNY, LaGuardia Community College in New York.