American University of Beirut

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

In Fine Arts on March 27, 2010 at 8:59 am


All visiting artist lectures will be held in Nicely Hall room 409 unless otherwise stipulated.

8 April, Thursday: Walid Sadek 1-2pm
Born in 1966, Walid Sadek is an artist and writer living in Beirut. His early work investigates the violent legacies of the Lebanese civil war as partially and inadequately seen and experienced by a young Christian-born Lebanese: I Once Dreamt I was a Phoenix (1995); Half-a-Man (1995); Home Play (1996); The Last Days of Summer (1997). He later began to posit, mostly in theoretical texts, ways of understanding the complexity of lingering civil strife in times of relative social and economical stability: A Matter of Words (2002); From Excavation to Dispersion: Configurations of Installation Art in Post-War Lebanon  (2003); The Acquisition of Death: the Ends of Art and Dwelling in Lebanon (2004). His recent written work endeavors to structure a theory for a post-war society disinclined to resume normative living: From Image to Corpse (2006); Place at Last (2007); Seeing Rude and Erudite (2007); Peddling Time When Standing Still; art remains in Lebanon and the globalization that was (2009). Concomitantly, a number of installations propose a poetics for a social experience governed by uneasy contiguity with the remnants and consequences of violence: Love is Blind (2006); Dear Stephen (2006); Mourning in the Presence of the Corpse (2007); Learning to See Less (2009).

Walid Sadek is currently associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.

9 April Friday: Marwa Arsanios 4-5pm

Marwa Arsanios lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.Marwa completed her BA in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University (2001), and obtained her MFA from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London (2007). She has exhibited in London, Beirut, Athens, Oxford, Lisboa, Santiago de Chile and Rome. Her work was shown at Art Dubai in the Bidoun Lounge (Art Park), at the Forum expanded of the Berlinale 2010 and at the Homeworks V forum in Beirut. She is a founding member of the artist organization and project space 98weeks research project, and one of the organizers of the traveling project Platform Translation. Marwa is also a part time art teacher.She has been granted the artist’s residency at the Arab Image Foundation for 2009 and the research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site for 2010.

30 April Friday: Beth Stryker 4-5pm

Beth Stryker received her M.Arch from Princeton University. Her work has been widely exhibited including shows at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.  She has recently curated programs for the Beirut Art Center, and exhibitions and programs for the Center for Architecture in NYC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Beth is a founding member of Denniston Hill, an artist-in-residency project in upstate New York. She is currently living between New York and Beirut, where she is acting as Director of NAAS (Network of Arab Arthouse Screens) in collaboration with Metropolis Cinema and ArteEast.

30 April Friday: Vartan Avakian 4-5pm

Vartan Avakian is a visual artist and researcher. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in Architecture and Urban Culture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. He studied Communication Arts at Lebanese American University and has since been working professionally in media production and scenic design. His work is inter-disciplinary employing video, installation and pop media. Avakian lives and works in Beirut.

7 May Friday: Ashkan Sepahvand 4-5pm

Ashkan Sepahvand was born in Tehran in 1984. He lives in Berlin and works elsewhere. His activities include writing, editing and the occasional translation. Since 2006 he has been a co-organizer of the artistic network Reloading Images. The project Other than someone, there was no one is the product of a residency at Ashkal Alwan since November 2009 and will be presented at Home Works V.

14 May Friday: Mirene Arsanios 4-5pm

Mirene Arsanios is the co founder of 98weeks. She studied art history in Rome and did her masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, London (2007). She previously worked as a researcher at Ashkal Alwan (2008-2009) and as an assistant curator at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome (2004-2006). She now teaches  at the American University of Beirut. Loves to write and research.

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