Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker whose practice involves the use of archival documents and fictitious elements to reflect on the relationship between individual stories and the collective history of Lebanon and the Middle East. Her recent ongoing project Under-Writing Beirut hinges upon locations within Beirut’s present, which are in turn exhumed, reinterpreted, and reanimated. Two chapters, “The Museum” and “The River,” were realized and presented between 2013 and 2016.
At Radcliffe, Joreige is working on the third chapter of Under-Writing Beirut, focusing on Ouzaï, a South Beirut neighborhood that is the subject of much fascination and controversy. Joreige will question the relationship between the state and the diverse communities existing within Lebanon. She will investigate the possibility of mapping an illegal space and will look for what images of such places prevail in our imagination. Her research will assemble elements from such diverse fields as film, history, and urban and political studies.
Joreige is currently shortlisted for Artes Mundi 7, the United Kingdom’s leading biennial art prize. Her works have been presented in France at the Centre Pompidou and musée Nicéphore Niépce; in the United States at Harvard University, the International Center of Photography, the New Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; in London at Tate Modern; and in Beirut at Ashkal Alwan’s Home Works. She is a cofounder and board member of Beirut Art Center, which she codirected from 2009 to 2014. Joreige earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.