Lamia Joreige

October 26th, 2014 New York City

Lamia Joreige’s presentation focused on a series of works that use archival documents and fictitious elements to reflect on the relationship between individual stories and collective history. Her work explores the possibilities of representation, particularly of the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, and Beirut, a city at the center of her imagery. Essentially her works also relate to time, the recordings of its trace, and its effects on people.

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Bio – Lamia Joreige (Beirut)
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 another level of engagement to the layers of subjective histories typically addressed in her work.

The artist’s work has been presented in many institutions among which include Sharjah Biennial; Venice Biennale; Goteborg Biennial; SFMOMA, San Francisco; The New Museum, New York; The Tate Modern (permanent collection) 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. 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 Roa project organized by the Serpentine gallery in London, and co-founder and co-director of Beirut Art Center, a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon.


Lamia Joreige’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by Taymour Grahne Gallery

Lamia Joreige, Object of War, installation view of Under-Writing Beirut, at Art Factum Gallery, Beirut, 2013, courtesy of the artist and Taymour Grahne Gallery