Ikram Lakhdhar was born and raised in Tunisia where her cultural journey took roots. Having developed her early career and network in Washington D.C. and NYC, she has made Los Angeles her home base.
Lakhdhar is the Co-Founding Editor of DIRT, an independent online platform and publication for inclusive and accessible critical arts discourse. She independently writes and speaks about art beyond boundaries to uncover intersectional and under-represented narratives.
Her research driven exhibitions examine issues of race, gender, and the politics of colonial and oriental representation. Including her most recent exhibition at George Washington University and Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Gallery 102, “Water/ماء: Trespassing Liquid Highways”, which investigated the subject of water as a transnational grounding to uncover colonialist and orientalist entanglements between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean seas.
Lakhdhar holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, and International Relations from Connecticut College. She has applied her unique intersectional arts politics background to maintain, build, and connect Common Field's national network of arts organizers and organizations.
A highly creative, multilingual, and digitally savvy storyteller, she is passionate about decolonizing digital spaces and archives, and promoting representation, accessibility, and inclusion of historically marginalized people and stories.
"I believe that curators and artists can successfully narrate powerful stories that travel the distance of languages and national borders—enabling humanity to thrive and envision a better future that includes all of us."
“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”