Laure d’Hauteville and Joanna Chevalier

Laure d´Hauteville founder and director of MENART fair.  After having been a cultural journalist and artistic advisor to collectors, she founded ARTUEL in 1998 in Beirut the frst international modern & contemporary art fair in the region. She then launched the frst two editions of Art Paris in Abu Dhabi in 2007 and 2008. Laure d’Hauteville has curated more than twenty exhibitions all over the world (Paris, Beirut, Dubai, Moscow, Las Vegas ...). In 2010 she created BEIRUT ART FAIR, followed by Singapore Art Fair in 2014. In 2012, she created a Prize for Lebanese Photography.

Joanna Chevalier is the artistic director of MENART fair. She is a curator and contemporary art consultant since 2008. In 2005, She founded Talents Video, a company that produces and distributes art flms. From 2008 to date, she was curator of the digital art section Art in Sport, at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, followed in 2010 by Qui es-tu Peter? at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris, and produced a dozen flms screened during the Nuit des Musées in 2010, at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris. In 2015, she curated the exhibition Territoire d’Affects, at the Beirut Exhibition Center as well as in 2017, Patterns and Forms in partnership with Beirut Design Fair. She was appointed Special Advisor of BEIRUT ART FAIR in 2018 and Artistic Director in 2019. In 2020, Joanna is curator of Beirut Art & Design Scene auction at Piasa auction house and is curating the upcoming exhibition, La Valise d’Orphée, at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in 2021. 
 

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Interviews:

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Maureen Paley - Eileen Cooper OBE RA - Myriam Boulos - Rania Matar - Zehra Doğan and Elettra Stamboulis - Dominic Chambers -Touria El Glaoui - Walid Ardhaoui -Afifa Aleiby - Larry Amponsah - Catriona Alderton - Victor Ekpuk - Mohammed Omer Khalil - eL Seed - Ahmed Morsi - Aaron Cezar - Ashekman - Michael Landy Part I & II - Sarah Hermez - Natalie Gibson MBE - Helen Storey MBE - The Voice of a Generation Fashion Print Class 2018 Central St Martins - Art Dubai: Myrna Ayad Director and Shumon Basar - Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi - V&A: Kate Bailey - SHOWstudio: Emily Knight and Bex Cassie - Dr. Anthony Brandt - Hassan Hajjaj -Yannis Munro - James Watt CVO - Dr Benjamin Dix - Michaela Crimmin - Fiona Hawthorne - Hrair Sarkissian -Tom Fletcher CMG - Rabih Kayrouz - Hayle Melim Gadelha - Charles Tripp - Jennie Cashman Wilson -

 

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Myriam Boulos

Photographer Myriam Boulos holds a master’s degree in photography from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. She has exhibited widely, including as part of Infinite identities in Amsterdam, Troisième Biennale des Photographes du Monde Arabe in Paris, C’est Beyrouth in Paris, at Berlin PhotoWeek, at Photomed in Beirut, and at the French institute of Lebanon. She was the recipient of the Purple Lens Award and her work has been published and featured extensively including in Time Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar, with two of her photographs named as best portraits of 2020 by Time Magazine.

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Zehra Doğan and Elettra Stamboulis

Zehra Doğan is a Kurdish artist and journalist born in Diyarbakır/Turkey. She became one of the founders of Turkey’s first women’s news agency, JINHA. She has received many awards, including the Metin Göktepe Journalism Award, one of the most prestigious in Turkey. She reported from Nusaybin, after clashes had began there, but was detained in July 2016 for an artwork she had painted of the clashes.

Elettra Stamboulis is a curator and comic writer based in Ravenna, Italy. As a curator, she presented Marjane Satrapi's, Joe Sacco's, Zograf's personal exhibitions and many other international drawers in Italy; she is the founder and curator of Komikazen International Festival of Reality Comics, taking place in Ravenna since 2005. She curated Zehra Doğan first solo art exhibition in Italy: “We will also have better days – Zehra Doğan, Works from the Turkish prisons” 

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Rania Matar

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Matar's work has been widely published and exhibited in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Carnegie Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and more. A mid-career retrospective of her work was recently on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, in a solo exhibition: In Her Image: Photographs by Rania Matar. She has received several grants and awards including a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017 Mellon Foundation artist-in-residency grant at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, 2011 Legacy Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 2011 and 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowships. In 2008 she was a finalist for the Foster Award at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, with an accompanying solo exhibition. Her work is in the permanent collections of several museums, institutions and private collections worldwide. She has published three books: L'Enfant-Femme, 2016, A Girl and Her Room, 2012 and Ordinary Lives, 2009. She is currently associate professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and regularly offers workshops, talks, class visits and lectures at museums, galleries, schools and colleges in the US and abroad.

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Larry Amponsah

Larry Amponsah is a multi-media artist whose practice investigates traditional modes of image-making whilst employing unconventional strategies of production to look at the contemporary politics of imagery. He received his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2018) after studying for an MFA in Chinese Traditional Painting at Jiangsu University China (2016) and gaining his BFA in Painting at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana (2015). Larry is currently a Trustee of The Kuenyehia Art Trust in Ghana, was shortlisted for the 2019 Young Masters Art Prize and for the 2019 Dentons Art Prize. In 2019, he won the Be Smart About Art Award. His work has been exhibited at  50 Golborne Gallery, London, UK; The Fine Art Gallery, Hoag Hall, CSU-Pueblo, USA; 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London; Museum of Science and Technology, Accra and many other places. 

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