Zarhouie Abdalian (born 1982) is an American artist. Her work focuses on site-oriented sound installations and sculptures. She is a 2012 recipient of the SECA Art Award. Abdalian was born in New Orleans in 1982. She obtained a bachelor of arts from Tulane University in 2003 and graduated with a master of fine arts from the California College of the Arts in 2010. She had a 2013 show called “Matrix 249” at the Berkeley Art Museum, with sound sculptures related to aspects of the Civil Rights Movement. The sculptures were set up to use the out-of-the-way location of the gallery and aspects of the walls and space as part of the effect of the art. In 2013 she also installed a sound sculpture in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, with bells that occasionally ring together out of sight.
Her exhibitions include Whitney Biennal (2017) Prospect.3, New Orleans; “Audible Spaces,” David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI; Eighth Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany; “Nothing Beside Remains,” Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia; CAFAM Biennale, Beijing, China; Shanghai Biennial: Reactivation, Shanghai, China; “When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes,” CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia; “Rendez-vous 12,” South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; The Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey and her solo exhibition “An Overture” was featured at Altman Siegel in San Francisco