artist
Lamia Joreige
biography

Born in Lebanon in 1972, Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Beirut. She earned her BFA in Painting and Filmmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 1995. She uses archival documents and elements of fiction to reflect on history and its possible narration, and the relation between individual stories and collective memory. Her practice is rooted in her country’s experience and explores the possibilities of representation of the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, particularly in Beirut, a city at the center of her imagery. Lamia Joreige's work essentially centers on Time: the recording of time, of its trace and its effects on us, underlining the process of memory and the impossibility of accessing a complete narrative.

 

Joreige has written, directed and produced work ranging from short videos to multimedia installations and documentaries while, her practice tends to incite viewers’ active participation, adding a further level of engagement to the layers of subjective histories typically addressed in her work. Joreige is also the author of two publications Time and the Other and Ici et peut-être ailleurs, and has contributed to numerous publications and panels. She is also part of the Edgware Road project organized by the Serpentine gallery in London, and is a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center, a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon.

 

The artist’s work has been presented in prominent global institutions including the Sharjah Biennial; Venice Biennale; Goteborg Biennial; SFMOMA, San Francisco; The New Museum, New York; The Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Mathaf, Doha; National Museum and Art Center Reina Sofia, Madrid; International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Nicéphore Niépce Museum, France; Townhouse gallery, Egypt.

past exhibition
past exhibition
26 February - 9 April 2015
press
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New Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Planned in Beirut
1 October 2015
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In the line of fire
30 September 2015
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Artes Mundi Award Shortlist Announced
18 September 2015
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Shortlist out for UK's largest contemporary art prize
17 September 2015
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Two Britons make seven-strong Artes Mundi shortlist
16 September 2015
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Artes Mundi 7: Shortlist revealed for UK’s largest contemporary art prize
September 2015
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Navigating Beirut’s Fast-Expanding Art Landscape
27 July 2015
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Lamia Joreige: Recreating History Through Photography
May 2015
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Dispatch Metropolis Now: Contemporary Art and Culture in Beirut
May 2015
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Between Fact and Fiction: Rabih Mroué’s “Riding on a Cloud”
28 April 2015
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Lamia Joreige à La Conquête de La Grande Pomme
16 March 2015
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Lamia Joreige
March 2015
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Top 10 Female Artists From The Middle East
February 2015
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Lebanon’s 10 Best Contemporary Artists and Where to Find Them
7 November 2014
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The Women of the Arab Art World
4 November 2014
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Under Pressure
23 September 2014
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The Things They Carried: Jamia Joreige's Objects of War at the New Museum
15 September 2014
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Here and Elsewhere: A Portrait of the Global Art Economy
8 September 2014
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Art Beyond Politics
26 August 2014
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Here and Elsewhere
August 2014
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An Uncommon Language: New York Show Takes Middle Eastern Art Out of its Usual Box
24 July 2014
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Beyond borders: Arab art from the frontlines
22 July 2014
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Interviews: Re-Enacting Rupture
30 April 2014
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Timeless Matters of Life and Death
11 May 2013
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Lamia Joreige: Grief Can Be Told
11 May 2013
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Lebanon's Art Scene
8 October 2010
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Review: Lamia Joreige
April 2008
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Strange Alchemy: Devising A Language To Make Art From War In Lebanon
21 April 2007
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A Journey: So Many Memories, So Little Truth
November 2006
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Filming Past The War, Through A Struggle
September 2006
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Confronting The Light
September 2006
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Here There and Elsewhere
July - August 2006
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The Politics of Display: Lebanon's Postwar Art Scene
2006
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The Long and Wounding Road
2 May 2006
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Art News
November - December 2015
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Gallery News
1 February - 4 March 2017

Lamia Joreige's After the River will open on February 1, 2017 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, in conjunction with her fellowship at the university.

 

"In this exhibition, visual artist and filmmaker Lamia Joreige uncovers the different facets of Nahr Beirut (Beirut River) with its recent and rapid transformations from dumping ground to a place scheduled for ambitious development. After the River invites reflection on the interwoven narratives of the river, its surroundings, and the people who live and work around it."

ARTIST NEWS
12 January 2017

The British Council for Visual Arts has created a video series featuring Lamia Joreige discussing her work Under-Writing Beirut in celebration of her being shortlisted for the Artes Mundi prize.

ARTIST NEWS
January 2017

Lamia Joreige discusses her multimedia installations Under Writing Beirut – Mathaf (Museum) and Under Writing Beirut – Nahr (the River) on view at Chapter (Cardiff) with ArtReview following being shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 7 prize.

Gallery News
6 December 2016

Taymour Grahne Gallery is proud to announce that Daniele Genadry and Lamia Joreige have been invited to participate in the 13th Sharjah Biennial from March 10th to June 17th, 2017.

ARTIST NEWS
5 November 2016

As a part of Artes Mundi 7, Chapter Artes Centre will be hosting a screening of Lamia Joreige's video, And the living is easy. This video takes place in Beirut, 2011, the city remains strangely quiet, in a state of expectancy, while the region is in great turmoil. Through five characters, mainly non-professional actors, Lamia Joreige creates a unique portrayal of her native town, where each one expresses his/her deep attachment to Beirut and inability to live there.

ARTIST NEWS
24 October 2016

The Independent praises Artes Mundi 7 for its superior candidates and meaningful contribution to contemporary art, including Lamia Joreige and her focus on her war-torn home county of Lebanon. In her multi-media piece, Joreige includes photos of a damaged mosaic, literally calling attention to causalities of violence. 

ARTIST NEWS
20 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

Lamia Joreige has been named as one of six international contemporary artists for Artes Mundi 7, the United Kingdom's most prestigious biennial art prize. In the coinciding exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff & Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, Joreige presents two multimedia installations including Under-Writing Beirut - Nahr and Under-Writing Beirut - Mathaf.

ARTIST NEWS
20 October 2016

BBC News comments on the six international artists on the Artes Mundi shortlist including Lamia Joreige who are providing thoughtful and urgent commentary on the state of our times.

ARTIST NEWS
15 October 2016 - 15 January 2017

Lamia Joreige's solo presentation at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce features the installation And the living is easy - Variations on a film, which interrogates the fabrication of Joreige's feature film, And the living is easy (2014), and the possible forms it creates.

ARTIST NEWS
13 September 2016

The Art of Discovery: A Multidisciplinary Group Exhibition of 2016–2017 Radcliffe Institute Fellows, in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery in Byerly Hall at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Artist News
May 2016

Congratulations to Lamia Joreige for being one of the appointed fellows at Radcliffe Institute for advanced studies at Harvard University.

Artist News
19 April - 22 May 2016

Lamia Joreige's two films from her Objects of War series (Part Two 2003 and Part Six 2014) will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.  These works explore memory through individual testimony, in which war-time stories are retold with reference to a nominated object that became dear to each individual during the course of the War.

Artist News
Blouin ArtInfo's Best Gallery Shows of 2015
18 December 2015

Blouin ArtInfo names Lamia Joreige's "Records for Uncertain Times" as one of their "Best Gallery Shows of 2015."

Artist News
17 September 2015

Taymour Grahne Gallery is proud to announce Lamia Joreige has been selected for the seventh edition of the United Kingdom's most prestigious biennial art prize, Artes Mundi 7.  The winner of the award will be announced in January 2017.

Artist News
30 June - 6 July 2015

Lamia Joreige’s and the living is easy 2014 film will air for the first time at the 2015 international film competition of Marseille’s film festival - FID Marseille. The film was produced by Les Films D’Ici in France with the support of Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York.

Artist News
25 March 2015

The New Yorker reviews Lamia Joreige's first solo exhibition in the United States.  On view through April 9, 2015.

Artist News
12 March 2015

Zeina Abi Assy interviews Lamia Joreige on her other recent projects and debut solo exhibition in New York.

Artist News
27 February 2015

Mostafa Heddaya of Blouin Artinfo interviews Lamia Joreige on her first solo exhibition in the United States. 

Artist News
22 January – 12 April 2015

Too Early, too Late. Middle East and Modernity, showcases 60 artists and more than 100 works from several private Italian collections including Lamia Joreige's documentary video, A Journey (2006).

Gallery News
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lamia Joreige's 3-channel video installation Replay (2000), opens on January 29th as part of Ways of Seeing: Artists and Perpetual War at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

Gallery News
26 October 2014 – 2 February 2015

Lamia Joreige's Nights and Days video is part of MART's exhibition, Afterimage on view at the Civic Gallery in Trento, Italy.

Gallery News
20 August 2014

Lamia Joreige's 'Objects of War' is featured in the Financial Times review of Here and Elsewhere, closing on September 28, 2014.

Artist News
19 July 2014

Lamia Joreige of Taymour Grahne Gallery is featured in The Economist's review of Here and Elsewhere, on view at the New Museum through September 28, 2014.

Artist News
18 July 2014

Holland Cotter of the New York Times reviews the New Museum's Here and Elsewhere, featuring Taymour Grahne Gallery artist Lamia Joreige. 

Artist News
10 July 2014

Lamia Joreige is featured in the New York Times preview of the New Museum show, Here and Elsewhere.

Artist News
16 July - 28 September 2014

Here and Elsewhere, a group exhibition of more than 40 contemporary Arab artists presented at the New Museum will include Taymour Grahne Gallery's Lamia Joreige.

Artist News
2 July 2014

Lamia Joreige’s multimedia installation, Under-Writing-Beirut-Mathaf will be a central work within the Centre Pompidou’s exhibit: A History. Art, Architecture From The 1980s Until Today

Artist News
20 March - 1 September 2014

Lamia Joreige's multimedia installation, Beirut, Autopsy of a City, is currently on view at Leuven's M-Museum in Belgium.

Artist News
9 January 2014

Lamia Joreige will participate in a group exhibition, Neighbours - Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond at Istanbul Modern in Istanbul, Turkey.