Haig Aivazian is an artist living in Beirut. Working across a wide range of media, he delves into the ways in which ideologies embed, affect and move people, objects and architecture. Often departing from known events, and weaving in lesser known narratives, he has explored apparatuses of control and sovereignty at work in sports, finance, museums and music.
Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer and filmmaker. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. For the past few years, she has been carrying out research around the concept of Gulf Futurism. Her primary interests are around the isolation of individuals via technology and reactionary Islam, the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry, and the erasure of history and the blinding approach of a future no one is ready for. She explores these ideas with certain guidebooks and ideas including, but not limited to, Zizek’s The Desert of the Unreal, As-Sufi’s Islamic Book of the Dead, as well as imagery from Islamic eschatology, posthumanism and the global mythos of Science Fiction.
Kader Attia (b. 1970, France) grew up in Algeria and the suburbs of Paris, and takes this experience of living as a part of two different cultures as a starting point for his work. Attia takes a poetic and symbolic approach to exploring the wide-ranging repercussions of Western domination and colonialism on non-Western cultures.
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, both born in 1969 in Beirut, collaborate on films, photographs, and installations, often using cinematic fragments to examine the power of absence. They are concerned with the emergence and disappearance of images, particularly archival documents of the effects of the fifteen-year civil war in their homeland that began in 1976. Combining personal histories and political activism, Hadjithomas and Joreige apply a documentary approach to exploring the potency of visual remains.
Frank Leibovici (poet, artist) tried to chronicle so-called “low intensity” conflicts, via exhibitions, performances, books, by means of graphic scores and notational systems taken from experimental music, dance, linguistics; published spam correspondences and 70 hour speeches (lettres de jerusalem, 2012; libuster, jeu de paume, 2013); worked on the ecology of the artwork - (des formes de vie) - une ecologie des pratiques artistiques (les laboratoires d’aubervilliers / questions theoriques, 2012); des recits ordinaires (les presses du reel / villa arson, 2014); refresh! / collecting live art (tate modern / koenig, 2012-2014); currently works, with julien seroussi, on a new cycle of exhibitions (krakow, berlin, the hague) and publications (bogoro, questions theoriques, 2016) around the invention of contemporary international justice the first trial and the International Criminal Court, the Hague.
Joe Namy is a composer and media artist. His work often addresses identity, memory, power,and currents encoded in organized sound/music, such as the politics and gender dynamics of bass, the color and tones of militarization, or the migration and asylum patterns of musical instruments. His work has been exhibited, screened, and amplified at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, the Berlinale, the Brooklyn Museum, the Beirut Art Center, the Detroit Science Center, and less prominent international dance floors. Some of his projects fall under the sound art platform titled Electric Kahraba, an experimental radio program that operates out of clocktower.org.
Sandra Noeth is a dramaturge, curator and a member of the research cluster: 'Loose Couplings: Collectivity at the Intersection of Digital and Urban Space' at the University of Hamburg. She was Head of Dramaturgy and Research at Tanzquartier Wien. Her current research focuses on the relation between artistic and political strategies for action, more specifically on the body's role, status and agency in bordering processes.
Walid Raad is an artist and a Professor of Art in the (still-charging-tuition) Cooper Union (New York, USA). Raad’s works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, and the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut).
Yasmine Eid Sabbagh studied history, photography and visual anthropology in Paris. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. From 2006 to 2011 she lived in Burj al-Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp near Tyre, Lebanon, where she undertook photographic research, including an oral project with young Palestinian refugees and archival work on family and studio photographs. She has been a member of the Arab Image Foundation since 2008. For her collaboration with Rozenn Quéré, Vies possibles et imaginaires (Editions Photosynthèses), she received the 8th Vevey International Photography Award in 2011 and the Arles Discovery Award in 2013.
Walid Sadek is an artist and writer based in Beirut. He is Professor of Arts and currently chair of the department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut.