Dahlia El Broul

Dahlia El Broul is an artist, educator, and curator, originally from New York City, where she received her BFA in Illustration and a minor degree in Art History. After moving to Finland, she earned her MA in Curating, Managing, and Mediating Art from Aalto University. For over 15 years, she has collaborated with various cultural organisations and worked with independent projects as an educator, resident-artist, and producer.

For many years she has cemented her creative practice on dialogical methods and a strong focus on multi-positional/translocal cultural identities and epistemic plurality, through the lens of intersectional feminism. In New York, she worked with such institutions as BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, the 92nd Street Y Art Center, MoMA PS1, the Hudson River Museum, and Flux Factory. In 2017, she was part of the educational team for documenta 14, in Kassel Germany.

In Finland, she developed the educational programme for the exhibition Ote/Points of View at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, has worked for the Helsinki International Artist Programme, and is a contributing editor for the English exhibition text of Photographic Gallery Hippolyte. She currently works at Frame Contemporary Art Finland as a Programme Officer. In May 2021, she became the Chair of Catalysti ry; an arts association focused on anti-racist work, inclusivity and equity in the Finnish art scene.

Dahlia is currently a PhD student at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK). Her research is at the intersection of children’s picture books and critical pedagogy—crisscrossing the terrain of illustration, collaborative practices, theory, education, critique, and imaginings of the possible to support the social conditions for collective production.

“What I love is that children’s literature is at the intersection of literacy and art appreciation—it’s a foundational reference for the mind to come. I’m keen to find the distinct ways in which picture books can tackle critical and socially engaged debates and empower and celebrate cultural differences and social justice.”



Chair of the board — Catalysti since May 2021

member — Kuvittajat (the Finnish Illustration Association), since 2017

member— ICOM Suomen komitea ry, since 2018

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