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 a further level of engagement to the layers of subjective histories typically addressed in her work. 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 Road project organized by the Serpentine gallery in London, and is a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center, a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon.
The artist’s work has been presented in prominent global institutions including the Sharjah Biennial; Venice Biennale; Goteborg Biennial; SFMOMA, San Francisco; The New Museum, New York; The Tate Modern, 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.
Lamia Joreige's "After the River" will open on February 1, 2017 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, in conjunction with her fellowship at the university.
"In this exhibition, visual artist and filmmaker Lamia Joreige uncovers the different facets of Nahr Beirut (Beirut River) with its recent and rapid transformations from dumping ground to a place scheduled for ambitious development. After the River invites reflection on the interwoven narratives of the river, its surroundings, and the people who live and work around it."
The British Council for Visual Arts has created a video series featuring Lamia Joreige discussing her work Under-Writing Beirut in celebration of her being shortlisted for the Artes Mundi prize.
Lamia Joreige discusses her multimedia installations Under Writing Beirut – Mathaf (Museum) and Under Writing Beirut – Nahr (the River) on view at Chapter (Cardiff) with ArtReview following being shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 7 prize.
Taymour Grahne Gallery is proud to announce that Daniele Genadry and Lamia Joreige have been invited to participate in the 13th Sharjah Biennial from March 10th to June 17th, 2017.
As a part of Artes Mundi 7, Chapter Artes Centre will be hosting a screening of Lamia Joreige's video, And the living is easy. This video takes place in Beirut, 2011, the city remains strangely quiet, in a state of expectancy, while the region is in great turmoil. Through five characters, mainly non-professional actors, Lamia Joreige creates a unique portrayal of her native town, where each one expresses his/her deep attachment to Beirut and inability to live there.
The Independent praises Artes Mundi 7 for its superior candidates and meaningful contribution to contemporary art, including Lamia Joreige and her focus on her war-torn home county of Lebanon. In her multi-media piece, Joreige includes photos of a damaged mosaic, literally calling attention to causalities of violence.
Lamia Joreige has been named as one of six international contemporary artists for Artes Mundi 7, the United Kingdom's most prestigious biennial art prize. In the coinciding exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff & Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, Joreige presents two multimedia installations including Under-Writing Beirut - Nahr and Under-Writing Beirut - Mathaf.
BBC News comments on the six international artists on the Artes Mundi shortlist, including Lamia Joreige, who are providing thoughtful and urgent commentary on the state of our times.
Lamia Joreige's solo presentation at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce features the installation And the living is easy - Variations on a film, which interrogates the fabrication of Joreige's feature film, And the living is easy (2014), and the possible forms it creates.
The Art of Discovery: A Multidisciplinary Group Exhibition of 2016–2017 Radcliffe Institute Fellows, in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery in Byerly Hall at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Congratulations to Lamia Joreige for being one of the appointed fellows at Radcliffe Institute for advanced studies at Harvard University.
Lamia Joreige's two films from her Objects of War series (Part Two 2003 and Part Six 2014) will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. These works explore memory through individual testimony, in which war-time stories are retold with reference to a nominated object that became dear to each individual during the course of the War.
Taymour Grahne Gallery is proud to announce Lamia Joreige has been selected for the seventh edition of the United Kingdom's most prestigious biennial art prize, Artes Mundi 7. The winner of the award will be announced in January 2017.
Lamia Joreige’s and the living is easy 2014 film will air for the first time at the 2015 international film competition of Marseille’s film festival - FID Marseille. The film was produced by Les Films D’Ici in France with the support of Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York.
The New Yorker reviews Lamia Joreige's first solo exhibition in the United States. On view through April 9, 2015.
Zeina Abi Assy interviews Lamia Joreige on her other recent projects and debut solo exhibition in New York.
Mostafa Heddaya of Blouin Artinfo interviews Lamia Joreige on her first solo exhibition in the United States.
Too Early, too Late. Middle East and Modernity, showcases 60 artists and more than 100 works from several private Italian collections including Lamia Joreige's documentary video, A Journey (2006).
Lamia Joreige's 3-channel video installation Replay (2000), opens on January 29th as part of Ways of Seeing: Artists and Perpetual War at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Lamia Joreige's Nights and Days video is part of MART's exhibition, Afterimage on view at the Civic Gallery in Trento, Italy.
Lamia Joreige's 'Objects of War' is featured in the Financial Times review of Here and Elsewhere, closing on September 28, 2014.
Lamia Joreige of Taymour Grahne Gallery is featured in The Economist's review of Here and Elsewhere, on view at the New Museum through September 28, 2014.
Holland Cotter of the New York Times reviews the New Museum's Here and Elsewhere, featuring Taymour Grahne Gallery artist Lamia Joreige.
Lamia Joreige is featured in the New York Times preview of the New Museum show, Here and Elsewhere.
Here and Elsewhere, a group exhibition of more than 40 contemporary Arab artists presented at the New Museum will include Taymour Grahne Gallery's Lamia Joreige.
Lamia Joreige’s multimedia installation, Under-Writing-Beirut-Mathaf will be a central work within the Centre Pompidou’s exhibit: A History. Art, Architecture From The 1980s Until Today.
Lamia Joreige's multimedia installation, Beirut, Autopsy of a City, is currently on view at Leuven's M-Museum in Belgium.