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Dani Abulhawa

Dani Abulhawa is an artist-researcher and senior lecturer in performance at Sheffield Hallam University. She is an ambassador for skateboarding charity SkatePal. In 2014 she co-founded Accumulations: a network for experimental and site-based movement, dance and performance. She is also a founding member and organiser of the academic strand of Pushing Boarders – the first international skateboarding conference. Dani’s practice typically explores people’s connections to space and place. Much of her work is conditioned and inspired by her experience as a woman and her history of involvement with skateboarding culture. A persistent strand of her practice reflects on her Palestinian heritage, exploring the nuances of her understanding of the Palestine-Israel conflict. Dani is the author of Skateboarding and Femininity: gender, space-making and expressive movement (2020, Routledge). She has published articles and book chapters on spatial politics and power dynamics, artist interruptions of space, and the creative-research process. Dani has presented commissioned and independently produced artworks since 2006, including most recently Bring Yourself to the Table (a performance score in collaboration with Sara Spies and Christian Berger, presented alongside Avital Raz’s theatre show My Jerusalem as part of the Manchester Festival of Belonging, 2020), Free Time in the City (an audio work for Sheffield Migration Matters festival, 2019), The Slide (a short film commissioned by the Helena Kennedy Centre for Human Rights to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the declaration of human rights), and Looking After Freedom, a residency and series of works created in Cape Town, South Africa (funded by the British Council, 2017).

Contact: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, Owen 1138, Sheffield, S1 1WB, UK.