Museum Crossing, 2013, part of Under-Writing-Beirut multimedia installation, Silkscreen, 12.2h x 17.3w in / 31h x 17.3w cm
Installation view of Records For Uncertain Times, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York
Views of Museum Square, 2013, part of Under-Writing-Beirut multimedia installation, photograms, dimensions variable
Beirut, Autopsy of a City, 2010, Multimedia Installation View, Sharjah Biennial 11
Beirut, Autopsy of a City,Chapter 2, 2010, Multimedia Installation View, Sharjah Biennial 11
Still from Beirut, Autopsy of a City, Chapter 2, 2010, 16 Minute Silent, Black and White Video
Still from A Journey, 2006, 41 Minute Documentary Video
Still from Full Moon, 2007, 23 Minute Video
I Cannot Stop Thinking About It, Nights and Days series of 8 prints, 2007, Lambda Prints Mounted on Aluminum
I Could Tell You, Nights and Days series of 8 prints, 2007, Lambda Prints Mounted on Aluminum
Still from Nights and Days, 2007, 17 Minute Video
Tyre 1,2,3,4,5 Portrait of a housing cooperative, 2010, Video Installation, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.