Ras Masqa


  • Ali El-Darsa

    Ali El-Darsa

    Born in 1983 // Beirut, Lebanon.

    Ali El-Darsa lives and works between Berlin, Toronto and Montreal. He holds a Master of Visual Studies (MVS Studio) from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia/Cyberarts from Concordia University, Montreal.

    His work in video, installation, performance and printmaking, deals with issues of identity, concepts of the self and personal histories, examined within the margins of public and private structures.

    Language plays an important part in El-Darsa’s work, as a medium of examination, reexamination, mediation and reflection that often questions the specificity of print and electronic media, and their crucial part in creating networked, mediated memories and narratives.

  • Ieva Saudargaité

    Ieva Saudargaité

    Born in 1988 // Tauragé, Lithuania

    Ieva Saudargaité is an architect and self-taught photographer who lives and works in Beirut. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Lebanese American University.

    Raised by Lebanese/Lithuanian parents in Lithuania, the U.A.E. and Lebanon, she has developed a particular interest in the semiotics of the built environment and the question of ‘territory’. Her artistic approach is often conceptual and inspired by architectural practice.

  • Myriam Boulos

    Myriam Boulos

    Born in 1992 // Beirut, Lebanon

    Myriam Boulos graduated with a Masters in Photography from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 2015. During her studies, she focused on nocturnal outings in Beirut as well as on the city’s micro-societies of immigrant house-workers.

    Her approach is a mix of report and research. She is simultaneously discovering her country and seeking to define how she belongs, both to Lebanon and to her hometown, Beirut. Myriam has taken part in several collective exhibitions, including Photomed, the Beirut Art Fair and Common Fest. She was awarded the Byblos Bank Award for Photography in 2014, which lead to her first solo exhibition at the Byblos Bank in April 2015.

    She is part of the Gemini Collective (Michèle Standjofski and Laura-Joy Boulos), which exhibited their first project, Disorder(s) in Beirut, at the Galerie Janine Rubeiz in October 2015.
  • Petra Serhal

    Petra Serhal

    Born in 1983 // Beirut, Lebanon

    Petra Serhal is an artist who lives and works in Lebanon. She is a performance maker, writer and producer, as well as a performer and an actress. She graduated from the Theatre Department at the Lebanese University, Institute of Fine Arts with a Diploma Higher Studies in Acting (2005). More recently, she received her MA Body in Performance (2015) from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in the UK.

    Throughout her career, Serhal has collaborated with multidisciplinary artists and filmmakers. In 2010, she started a collaboration with the Dictaphone Group, a collective that creates live performances based on research on space. In her practice, Serhal is interested in the performativity of the choreographed body and the representation of the violated and eradicated body, as well as the ways of creating an original interactive audience space. At the Marseilles Web Festival in 2013, she won an award for her performance in the web series Fasateen.
  • Raymond Gemayel

    Raymond Gemayel

    Raymond Gemayel graduated from Glendon College in 2009 and was a participant in Ashkal Alwan’s Homeworks space program between 2013 and 2015.
    During the day, Raymond stares at the sun through his binoculars. At night, he has a hard time seeing and/or hearing.
  • Youmna Geday

    Youmna Geday

    Youmna Geday graduated with a Masters in Photography from the National School of Photography in Arles, in 2014. She focuses on understanding the conflict between eastern and western civilizations by questioning the definition and sources of images of each culture.

    Her research leads her to the fields of astrology, history, medicine, politics and religion, using these tools to untangle contemporary issues with which she identifies. She considers her practice a way of drawing her own genealogical tree, by going back and forth from her own experiences to historical events that she links to the construction of her identity.

    She is interested in connecting the countries she has lived in to the history of the Lebanese Diaspora, with a greater concern for the notion of Home. She moved to Lebanon in 2014 in order to obtain a better understanding of a land with which she identified. Youmna is a multidisciplinary artist working with installation, photography, video, and documentation.