Melissa Gronlund

Melissa Gronlund writes for The National in Abu Dhabi. Originally from New York City, she arrived in the UAE by way of London, and now has a PhD in sunblock application for herself and her two children. While in London she worked for the Frieze Art Fair, in its heady early days, for ArtReview, and then became co-editor of Afterall, where she stayed for seven years. She also lectured on artists' moving image work at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at Oxford, and wrote about contemporary artists and moving image work for the art and film press (Afterall, Artforum, Art Agenda, e-flux journal, Sight & Sound, frieze) and a few general outlets (Cabinet, The New She also authored many catalogue essays, on artists such as Laure Prouvost, Daria Martin, Hannah Rickards, Bojan Sarcevic, and others. While in Abu Dhabi she wrote Contemporary Art and Digital Culture for Routledge (2016), which explores the relationship of contemporary art to the internet and digital technologies among artists such as Hito Steyerl, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Bouchra Khalili, Mark Leckey. 


She is currently the visual arts correspondent for the National, the main English-language daily, where she writes on art from the Middle East, particularly the UAE and Saudi, and dreams of reviving her best project, the blog [hyperlink] she ran with her husband when they were first married.