Mona Chalabi

Mona Chalabi is a data journalist who lives in New York.

She is a writer. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more. She has written for radio and TV including NPR, Gimlet, Netflix (The Fix), BBC (Is Britain Racist? Radio 4 and The Frankie Boyle show) and National Geographic (Star Talk).

She is also an illustrator whose work has been commended by the Royal Statistical Society. Her work has been exhibited at several galleries including the Tate, The Design Museum and the House of Illustration.

Lastly, she’s a producer and presenter. She’s one half of the team that created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches. And she presented and produced the audio experiment Strange Bird.

Before she became a journalist, Mona worked with large data sets in jobs at the Bank of England, Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration. She studied International Relations in Paris and studied Arabic in Jordan. Mona was born and raised in London.

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Who Are You Here To See?

London • May 7-22

This exhibition is about the ways that women and people of color are not allowed to take up space. Shoved into the background with a “that’s nice, keep trying” smile. Told that we’ll be worthy of inclusion if we just keep working a little bit harder for it. By visualising the extent of inequality in art spaces, I hope to help eliminate the excuses for it.

As well as paintings about inequality in the art world, the exhibition has a retrospective of work I’ve created over the past five years. I will also share the space with 16 other artists who responded to a call out. All of them are women, people of color or people with disabilities. Find out more here.

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