Manal Kara’s practice frequently combines diaristic texts and symbols with foraged photography to create otherworldly works. They are a self-taught interdisciplinary artist and poet working in a range of mediums, including sculpture and ceramics. Kara's work renders the familiar strange by pondering the relationships between the manufactured and natural worlds.


Manal Kara is a Moroccan-American born in 1986.

The artist’s work has been exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York City, as well as internationally in Istanbul, Turkey; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Song of the Other Worm at Prairie in Chicago, Illinois; Tearassin' Like a Slug Outta Heaven at Basketshop in Cincinnati, Ohio; and The Viewing-Room vs. The Adoring Gaze at Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, New York. 

Their work has been included in group shows at: Helena Anrather in New York City; Hair and Nails in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; Alyssa Davis Gallery in New York City; Fisher Parrish in Brooklyn, New York; and Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. 

They have participated in residencies at: Artists' Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois; Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan; September Spring at the Kesey Farm in Eugene, Oregon; and the American Institute of Thoughts and Feelings in Tucson, Arizona.