NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 184

Contributors Samira Abbassy was born in Ahwaz, Iran & moved to London, UK as a child. After graduating from Canterbury College of Art, she began showing in London. In 1988 she moved to New York to help establish & found the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, where she currently has a studio & is a lifetime board member. Her NY solo show in 2007 was reviewed by Benjamin Genocchio in the New York Times and by Ariella Budek in Newsday. In Sept/Oct 2012, Nisa Qasi interviewed Abbassy for the Financial Times lifestyle section. Her work is shown internationally & has been acquired for private & public collections, including: the Metropolitan Museum, the British Government Art Collection, the British Museum, the Burger Collection, the Donald Rubin collection (Rubin Museum, NY), the Farjaam Collection, Dubai, the Devi Foundation, India & the Omid foundation, Iran. 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