Etel Adnan (1925-2021) was a Lebanese
-American writer and painter
. Since the 1960s, she has been making accordion-fold books, or leporellos, that meld visual and verbal observation, fusing the artist's parallel practices in painting and writing as she transcribes poems and records unfolding landscapes and urban spaces. Adnan's artworks feature in numerous collections, including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Mathaf, Doha, Qatar, Royal Jordanian Museum, Tunis Modern Art Museum, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, British Museum, London, World Bank Collection, Washington D.C., and National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C, as well as within many private collections.