Born in New Orleans in 1982, Zarouhie Abdalian received a BA from Tulane University in 2003 and an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010. Abdalian often makes site-oriented installations and sculptures that address the material and social conditions under which they become art.
She has had solo exhibitions at Dillard University Art Gallery in New Orleans, in 2007, and at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in 2013. In 2008 she created a permanent light installation for the Philadelphia Cathedral.
Her work has been included in international and national exhibitions, including Untitled (12th Biennial), 2011; Material Information, Kunstindustrie Museum, Bergen, Norway, 2012; Moscow International Biennial for Young Art, 2012; and Shanghai Biennale: Reactivation, 2012. Other venues in which her work has appeared include Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2010; ProArts Gallery, Oakland, 2010; Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France, 2011; The Lab, San Francisco, 2011; MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, 2011; New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2011; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2012; Krowswork, Oakland, 2012; South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2012; Altman Siegel, San Francisco, 2013; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2013.
She has also participated in the independent curatorial projects SC13, San Francisco, 2010, and Mission Afterviews, San Francisco, 2012.
In 2014 Abdalian will participate in several international exhibitions and will present a solo exhibition at Altman Siegel, San Francisco.