Born in Beirut in 1970 and educated between her home city and Paris, Zeina Arida studied Literature and Theatre at Sorbonne University before graduating in 1993 and returning to Beirut. Arida has been the Director of the Arab Image Foundation since its establishment in 1997 by photographers Fouad Elkoury and...
Looping the loop
The work of Algerian artist Amina Menia attempts interventions into the city - usually the city of Algiers - in ways that underline how history and memory are inscribed into the urban fabric. Working across installation, sculpture, film and photography, her works encourage interaction and exchange and are often rooted...
An Architecture of Apprehension
Berlin-based artist Timo Nasseri explores language – be it mathematical, Farsi or, indeed, military – in his drawings and installation work. Starting out as a commercial photographer, Nasseri began making art works with a series of photographs and tactile sculptures of war machines that investigated both the insidious poetics of...
Fayçal Baghriche's work – which takes in performance, video, installation and photography – makes interventions into our ingrained patterns of perception, deploying subtle gestures that briefly turn our assumptions about the rhythms of city life, for instance, on their head. Whether recording himself reading out his CV in hopes of...
Colourful Shadows and Reel Journeys
Tarzan and Arab (real names Ahmad and Mohammad Abu Nasser) were born in Gaza in 1988, a year after the last cinemas in Gaza were closed. Long-time cinephiles, the identical twin brothers, who still live in Gaza, developed their passion for cinema with the help of Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Al...
With Inside Outside
The work of Lebanese artist Nada Sehnaoui tackles the contested issue of public space in post-conflict urban environments with a meditative aesthetic that engages forms of repetition. The artist often fills vacant lots in the downtown area of Beirut with hundreds of repeated items, be they toilets or stacks of...
A Life in Language
Adonis, born Ali Ahmad Said Esber in Syria in 1930, is widely regarded as one of the Arab world’s greatest modern poets alongside the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Celebrated for books including <em>Leaves in the Wind</em> (1960),<em> The Songs of Mihyar of Damascus</em> (1961) and more recently, <em>Beginnings of...</em>