YOUSSEF NABIL

Youssef Nabil began his career in 1992 by staging tableaux in which his subjects acted out melodramas recalling film stills from the golden age of Egyptian cinema. The past decade also testifies to the artist’s foray into the medium of film; with "You Never Left", 2010, "I Saved My Belly Dancer", 2015, "Arabian Happy Ending", 2016, and "The Beautiful Voyage", 2021.Youssef Nabil’s International solo and group exhibitions include the Studio Museum in Harlem and Aperture Foundation in New York, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in Canada, at the Aga Khan Museum of Art in Toronto ; in France, at the Centre Pompidou, Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Institut du Monde Arabe and Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, amongst many other places. Youssef Nabil had his first retrospective exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, titled Once Upon A Dream. His work is part of various international collections, among which: in the USA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Pérez Art Museum in Miami (PAMM), the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (SCAD) in Savannah; in France, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Collection François Pinault, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris;  in Qatar, the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha; in the United Arab Emirates, the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi; in the UK, the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; amongst many others. 

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Saleh Barakat

Saleh Barakat is a Beirut-based gallerist specialising in modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. He founded Agial Art Gallery (1990/1991), and Saleh Barakat Gallery (2016). On the ground floor of Saleh Barakat Gallery, The Upper Gallery hosts an ongoing series of rotating small-scale exhibitions. He has also curated exhibitions elsewhere, including The Road to Peace (2009) at the Beirut Art Center, retrospectives of Saloua Raouda Choucair (2013), Shafic Abboud (2013), Michel Basbous (2014), and Jean Boghossian (2015) at the Beirut Exhibition Center, and he co-curated the first national pavilion for Lebanon at the 52nd Venice Biennale with Sandra Dagher, as well as the itinerant exhibition Mediterranean Crossroads, in collaboration with Martina Corgnati and the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs. In 2006 he was nominated as a Yale World Fellow. He has lectured at Princeton University, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the British Museum, Christie’s Education, and most of the academic institutions in Beirut. He served on the steering committee of the Arts Center at the American University of Beirut, and on the founding committee of the Saradar Collection. He has been a board member of the National Unesco since 2015, and currently serves on the advisory board of the School of Architecture and Design at the Lebanese American University and on the advisory board of the faculty of Literature and Humanities in USJ.

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Ghasem Hajizadeh

Ghasem Hajizadeh born in 1947 in Lahijan, north of Iran, is a contemporary Iranian–French painter and a pioneering Pop art figure in contemporary Iranian art. He received his diploma in arts from Tehran High School of Fine Arts in 1967. In 1972, he participated in the first art exhibition, held by Iran–America Society and in 2015 his art was part of the Pavilion of Iran at the 56th la Biennale di Venezia. Solo exhibition have been held at Goethe Institute, Tehran. Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran. In 1999 - 2004 as part of Salon d’Automne, Paris; 2008: Exhibition in New York in LTMH Gallery; 2009: Galerie Françoise Souchaud, Lyon; amongst others. Group exhibitions include UNESCO Exhibition, and Ghandris Mess Gallery, Tehran. In 1974 at the 7th Festival of Art & Culture: The Works of Iranians Contempory Artists at the 100th; 1987: R.V.S. Gallery, Southampton to New York, United States; 1988 : L'Art pour la Vie , Institut Curie, Paris; Arts Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea; Revelation 89, 5th International Exhibition of Plastic Arts, space Lamartine, Paris SOS Armenia Art, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris and 2011: Salon Comparaisons, Paris Biennale 109, Paris, amongst many others.                *

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Sama Alshaibi

In 2021, Alshaibi was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. She is Professor and Co-Chair of Photography, Video and Imaging at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Holds a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Photography, Video, and Media Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her monograph, Sand Rushes In, was published by Aperture, NYC and debuted at the 55th Venice Biennale. She has been featured in several biennials including the Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (Italy), the 21st International Art Biennial of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia, 2020), the 13th Cairo International Biennale (Egypt, 2019), the 2017 Honolulu Biennial (Hawaii), the 2016 Qalandia International Biennial (Haifa), and FotoFest Biennial, Houston (2014). She was also selected as one of 60 artists for the ‘State of The Art 2020’ (Crystal Bridges Museum of Art/the Momentary, Arkansas, 2020), and recently held solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery (Dubai, 2019) and at Artpace, where she participated as the National Artist in Residence (San Antonio, 2019). Alshaibi received the first prize Project Development Award from the Center (Santa Fe, 2019), the 2018 Artist Grant from the Arizona Commission on The Arts, and the 2017 Visual Arts Grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut). She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in 2014-2015 as part of a year-long residency at the Palestine Museum in Ramallah, where she developed an education program while conducting independent research.

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Hala Schoukair

Hala Schoukair received her master’s degree in Cinematographic Studies from the Sorbonne University, Paris, and has been painting since her graduation in 1981. Solo exhibitions include Grains of Light, at Agial Art Gallery, Beirut (2013) and You Promised Me Spring, at Agial Art Gallery (2017). Group exhibitions include Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art at The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in New York City (2007), Morgenröte, aurora borealis and Levantin: Into your solar plexus at the Knusthalle Bern (2015), and the 32nd Salon D’Automne (2016) at the Sursock Museum in Beirut: Galerie Bessieres, France (2021).

Hala lives between Beirut and New York. She is the president of the Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation.

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Serge Najjar

Serge Najjar is a Lebanese photographer born in Beyrouth Lebanon and a Doctor in Law, graduated from the University Panthéon-Assas in Paris. 
His solo shows include: “A Closer Look at the Ordinary” - Guest exhibitor at FotoIstanbul - Turkey (September 2017)- “A Closer Look at the Ordinary” - Catherine Edelman Gallery - Chicago USA (January -February 2017)- “Sculpting the Shadows” - Galerie Tanit Munich - Germany (June - September 2016)- “Beyrouth, entre les lignes” - Médiathèque de Draguignan - France (March - April 2016)- “A Closer Look at the Ordinary” - Galerie Tanit Beirut - Lebanon (February - March 2016)- “Abstract Realities” - Station - (Photomed Beirut) - Lebanon (January 2015)- “Abstract Realities” - Winner of the Photomed prize 2014 (January 2014)- “Lines, Within” - Tanit Gallery Beirut - Lebanon (September - October 2012). Group exhibitions have included:Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary - Catherine Edelman Gallery (January 2018)- Paris Photo - Grand Palais - Paris - Galerie Tanit (November 2017)- Expo Chicago - USA - Catherine Edelman Gallery (September 2017)- Art New York - Context New York - Catherine Edelman Gallery (May 2017)- Art Paris - Grand Palais - Paris - Galerie Tanit (March 2017)- AIPAD The Photography Show - New York - Catherine Edelman Gallery (March 2017)- Pinakothek Der Moderne - Munich - Benefit Auction - Germany (November 2016)- Art Miami - USA - Catherine Edelman Gallery (November 2016)- Expo Chicago - USA - Catherine Edelman Edelman Gallery (September 2016)- Paris amongst many more.

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