Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in the Washington, D.C area, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah has lived and worked in Paris, Washington, around the Middle-East and North Africa. She holds a B.A. in Integrative Studies (Photography + Art and Social Action) from George Mason University and a certificate in Photography from SPEOS Photographic Institute Paris.
Her work exploring themes of longing and home, has been featured in The Washington Post, DC Modern Luxury Magazine and on Al Hurrah TV, and is in the permanent collection of the Office of Arts in Embassies, U.S. Department of State. Her ADRIFT series has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions at Vivid Solutions Gallery, SPEOS Photographic Institute Paris, George Mason University, Studio Gallery and Adah Rose Gallery among others.
Laila is a 2017 DC Commission on Arts & Humanities Artist Fellow, member of ArtTable and the GMU School of Art Alumni Group, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Studio School where she is now the Managing Director.
In addition to her exhibiting her personal work, she has spoken frequently about the role of photography as a tool for cultural diplomacy and social change; as well curated and produced exhibitions for: Nuit Blanche: ArtAllNightDC and FotoWeekDC; Adah Rose Gallery, Hillyer Art Space, The Middle East Institute's Arts & Culture Program, The Smith Center for Healing and The Arts, Studio Gallery and The US Fund for UNICEF, among others.
She is the co-founder of several art and technology related projects including, SND+VSN a collective of visual and sound artists who fuse live, original and found footage with a music source to envelop you in a world of euphoric synesthesia, with video artist Masrae (Hisham Abdelhamid) and DJ Pat Jagla; and Ancient Futurism an exploratory collaboration of exhibitions and writings on urbanization, communication, connectivity and futurism with co-curator Marnie Benney.
Her studio, Atelier OuiCurate, founded in 2016, serves as a platform for her work as an art consultant to artists, organizations and individuals where she produces exhibitions and provides museum/gallery communication and marketing expertise; as well as a place for exhibitions, collaborations and exploration of topics related to the role of arts and artists in society and experimentation.