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.

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