Lida Abdul was born in 1973 in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she still works and lives. She received two BAs in political studies and philosophy at the California State University, Fullerton in 1997 and 1998 and in 2000 she graduated with an MFA at the University of California, Irvine. In 2005 she showed three videos at the Venice Biennial: the video White House (2005) and documentation of the two performances Clapping with Stones and Tree (both 2005). This was the only time that Afghanistan had its own pavilion. Other exhibitions took place in e.g. the Kunsthalle in Vienna, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne and at the Museum for Modern Art Arnhem. Recently, in 2016, she participated in the group show What We Have Overlooked at Framer Framed in Amsterdam.