Cycles of Collapsing Progress


  • Zad Moultaka

    Zad Moultaka attended the Conservatoire de Paris and has played at the Baalbeck International Festival. Zad Moultaka took part in musical collaboration with many artists around the world such as Ars Nova, Wakes, Hang notes SYMBLEMA, Musicatreize, the Netherlands Radio Choir, Schönberg Ensemble of Amsterdam, the Nouvel Ensemble Mo- derne of Montreal, the choir room of Strasbourg, the Master of the Bouches du Rhone and the chamber choir Elements. He is represented by Janine Rubeiz Gallery in Beirut.
  • Stephanie Saadé

    Saadé b. 1983 graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China. She was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2014/2015), and the Cité Internationale des arts, Paris, France (2015).
    Her work has been exhibited at Sharjah Biennale 13, Sharjah, UAE / Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany / Home Works 7, Beirut, Lebanon. She is represented by Marfa Gallery in Beirut.
  • Roy Samaha

    Roy Samaha is a Lebanese artist, living and working in Beirut. He explores the boundaries of filmic language, perception of reality and the memory of personal objects with works like, Residue 2017, Landscape at Noon 2016, Transparent Evil 2012, Inheritance & Dispossession 2008, Untitled for Several Reasons 2003, and has been shown at prestigious events such us, Sharjah Biennale 13, Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah), Space Edits, B.A.C. (Beirut), Too Early Too Late, Pinacoteca Nazionale (Bologna), Home Works Forum 6 (Beirut), Disobedience Archive, Bildmuseet (Umea), Image Counter Image, Haus der Kunst (Munich), Singapore Biennale 1 (Singapore), Videobrazil 14 SESC (SaoPaolo).
  • Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

    Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige collaborate as filmmakers and artists, producing
    cinematic and visual artwork that interwine. They won the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2017.
    For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, representations and history of their home
    country, Lebanon, and questioned the fabrication of imaginaries in the region and beyond.
    Together, they have directed documentaries such as Khiam 2000-2007(2008) and El Film el Mafkoud
    (The Lost Film) (2003) and feature films such as Al Bayt el Zaher (1999) and A Perfect Day
    Their last feature film, Je Veux Voir (I Want to See), starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroue,
    premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2008. They are represented by Fabienne Leclerc gallery
    in Paris.
  • Marwan Rechmaoui

    In 2011, Rechmaoui debuted his UNRWA series, which included hand drawn maps on concrete, wood, and tin of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, and a series of found objects exposing different cluster munitions collected after the 2006 war in Lebanon, as well as the crew whose efforts helped gather these clusters. Rechmaoui’s Pillars (2013-2016) tackle the theme of deconstruction/reconstruction with an installation of domestic objects – various materials collected from crumbled ruins of a residential building - embedded in a concrete pillar; a basic structural element in urban architecture. Flowers, pillows, among other decorative items reflect the burden of the past. He is represented by Sfeir Semler Gallery in Beirut/ Hamburg.
  • Ali Cherri

    Ali Cherri is a video and visual artist based in Beirut and Paris.

    His recent solo exhibitions include Somniculus at Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2017); Tretyakov Gallery Moscow (Sep. 2017); Galerie Imane Farès (Oct. 2017); Jönköpings läns museum, Sweden (2017); Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016). He is the recipient of Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship (2016) and Rockefeller Foundation Award (2017). He is represented by Imane Fares Gallery in Paris.

  • Jalal Toufic

    Jalal Toufic is a thinker, writer and artist. Since 2015, he is Head of Art Department at ALBA, he was a Professor at the Department of Communication Design at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Previously he has taught at the University of California at Berkley, Berkeley, the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and in Amsterdam at Das Arts and at the Rijksakademie. He is the author of The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster (2009); Undeserving Lebanon (2007); ‘Ashura’: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (2005); Two or Three Things I’m Dying to Tell You (2005); Undying Love, or Love Dies (2002); Forthcoming (2000); Over-Sensitivity (1996; 2nd ed., 2009); : An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (1993; 2nd ed., 2003); and Distracted (1991; 2nd ed., 2003). He also co-edited special Discourse issues.
  • Edgardo Aragon

    In the work of Edgardo Aragón the structures of power, violence and politics are addressed in recorded performances that recreate past events, freely mixing stories from domestic and political contexts. Describing his oeuvre, the artist states: “My work often evolves around how power from a higher level is used to segment a large part of the population.” His videos, serene in appearance, display scenarios formed by landscapes that in fact hide a political discourse. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at various institutions including at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, México (2017); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2016); the CAPC, Bordeaux (2016); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2012); and MoMA P.S.1, New York (2012). His work has participated in various group exhibitions including at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (2017); the Jewish Museum (2015); the Kadist Art Foundation (2013). He is represented by Mor Charpentier Gallery in Paris.
  • Fritzia Irízar

    Fritzia Irízar’s work has questioned the value of money and its purchasing power, she plays with the economic and symbolic revaluation of objects as they move from their common field to art. Her work recognizes that history and science are almost fictions, built on small surfaces of knowledge and are subject to the decision of a few individuals. However, they are fictions that we want to hold: as acts of faith, of belonging, of will or certainty.
    Fritzia obtained the 2011 Bancomer-MACG scholarship and a commissioned work for Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) during that same year, the residency program AIR-KREMS in Austria in 2013. In 2016 she was part of the residency program at Les Récollets, Paris and Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She participated in the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre in 2013 (curated by Sofía Hernández Chong), had a solo exhibition at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (2014) and participated in the 2015 Mercosul Biennial (curated by Gaudencio Fidelis). She is represented by Arredondo/Arozarena Gallery in Mexico.
  • Jorge Mendez Blake

    Mendez Blake sees libraries not as isolated buildings, but as constructions that hold inexhaustible sources of information, and are thus able to create microsystems that address specific issues such as landscape or love. Méndez Blake’s work oscillates between reality and fiction when merging the architecture of places like the Library François Mitterand in Paris, or the Public Library in Seattle, with landscapes –and fragments- of fantastic literature, to become cultural metaphors which meaning expands to different areas of knowledge. He was a recipient of the Cisneros grant in
    2015 and has had solo shows in many instittions including Marfa, Texas. He is currently represented by OMR gallery in Mexico.
  • Gabriel Rico

    Gabriel Rico works and lives in Guadalajara Mexico. His work is a study of the process of
    production. Originally educated as an architect, the artist is interested in exploring the compositional
    possibilities of objects. He thinks of his installations as «thought experiments,» and evaluates the
    human relationship to nature and myth. He previously explained: «I try to create pieces that fragment
    the composition of contemporary human and evidencing the geometric imperfection in the nature.»
    He is also fascinated by the interplay of philosophy and science; and uses that which is measurable
    to investigate the abstract. He had solo exhibitions at Perrotin Gallery, New York and was included in
    several group shows in galleries such as OMR and institutions such as MAZ Museum (Guadalajara)
    and HISK in Ghent Belgium.
  • Damian Ortega

    Through the use of wit and humor, Damián Ortega deconstructs both familiar objects and processes, altering their functions and transforming them into novel experiences and scenarios. Ortega’s works play with a scale that ranges from the molecular to the cosmic, applying the concepts of physics to human interactions, in which chaos, accidents, and instability produce a system of relations in flux. Inverting and dissecting, reconfiguring and zooming in, he explores the tension that underlies every object and the infinite world inside them. The result of his inquiries reveals the interdependence of diverse components, be it within a complex engineered machine or a social system. Although his
    projects –which he envisions through drawing– take form in sculpture, installation, performance, film and photography, for Ortega the work of art is always an action, an event. His experiments inhabit a space where possibility and the quotidian converge to activate a new way of looking, one that transcends the original context of simple objects and everyday relations.
  • Emmanuel Tovar

    Using forgotten materials and elements, recycled, reused, and recuperated from a social context in which consumerism is prevalent and social classes are increasingly more pronounced, Emanuel Tovar realizes sculptural constructions through a chaotic precarious process. Similar to the practices that occur in conflictive contexts (where construction is made with the most elemental and close at hand materials), his works generate tensions to make us aware of that which prevails in the periphery; to recuperate ¨other¨ histories. Tovar has had solo exhibitions in Guadalajara at the Museo de
    las Artes, Arena México, and Museo Raúl Anguiano. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Charro Negro in Guadalajara, Triangle Project Space in San Antonio, The Balmoral in Los Angeles, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, among others. He is represented by Paramo Gallery Mexico.
  • José Davila

    Davila’s work addresses the question about the limits of instrumental values through the use of common materials to create sculptures, objects and installation. Frequently, the nature of these materials approaches architecture and construction, as well as formal artistic production, which subscribes his work to principles coined by Minimalism and Arte Povera. Dávila has also manifested a special interest in the use and occupation of space, issues that have been present throughout his career.
    He is represented by OMR Gallery in Mexico.
  • Haig Aivazian

    Haig Aivazian (b. 1980, Beirut, Lebanon) is an artist, curator and writer. Using performance, video, drawing, installation and sculpture, his work weaves and personal and geo-political, micro and macro narratives in his search for ideological loopholes and short circuits. Aivazian holds at MFA from Northwestern University and is a Skowhegan alumni (2011). Refugee Olympics , part of the FUGERE project, was commissioned in France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Turkey, Lebanon, the UAE, Brazil, Canada, and the United States Refugee Olympics , which was commissioned for Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009) Other parts of FUGEREwere exhibited in a solo show at Sfeir-Semler gallery’s Hamburg space (2013). Collapsing Foundations, an installation and video performance work showcased in a solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry’s bunker space, Montréal (2012). The Moving Museum (2014), videobrasil’s, The 56th Venice Biennial 2015, The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2015), The Moving Museum (2014), Aivazian’s video works have been included in several exhibitions and festivals at the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015, curated by Carolyn Christov-Barkagiev Southern Panoramas (2013), FID Marseille (2012), and Mercer Union, Toronto (2011).
  • Rayyane Tabet

    Rayyane Tabet (b. 1983, Achqout, Lebanon) lives and works in Beirut. He received a Bachelor in Architecture from The Cooper Union in New York and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California in San Diego.He has had solo shows at Kunstverein in Hamburg (2017), daadgalerie, Berlin (2017), Witte de With center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2017), Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2016) and TROUW Amsterdam (2014). His work has featured in the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016), the 6th Marrakech Biennale (2016), the 10th & 12th Sharjah Biennial (2011 & 2015), the 55th Venice Biennial (2013), and the 2nd New Museum Triennial (2012). He is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award of the Sharjah Biennial (2011), the Jury Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize (2012) and the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013).