Rhea Karam was born in Beirut and grew up between the U.S. and France. She is based in NY where she graduated from the International Center of Photography in 2007 and was the recipient of a director’s scholarship. Her work focuses on documenting domestic and urban environments with an emphasis on public walls and the role they play in our daily lives. In 2009 she published Breathing Walls, a visual archive of the political transition in Lebanon. She has exhibited internationally in both solo and group shows and was named as one of 10 emerging Middle Eastern artists to watch by CNN.
ArteEast’s Residency initiatives places MENA-based artists in prestigious, career-building, international residencies with our partners throughout the United States. Each of these residencies is strategically conceived to help support artists through various stages and challenges within their career, and to create opportunities for U.S.-based audiences, gallerists, curators, collectors, museum professionals, and artists to encounter and engage with our residents and their work.
Dia Batal has developed a multidisciplinary approach, creating context specific work, mostly designed for physical interaction. This style harmoniously brings the art of calligraphy, the functionality of design and the meaning of words with the use and form of the Arabic language.
Come celebrate the launch of ArteEast’s Summer 2016 Quarterly Magazine! Edited by Mirene Arsanios, this retrospective issue comprises six texts culled from the Quarterly’s archive. Focusing on language—institutional language, poetic essays, press reviews, fragments and notes, and on the zine as an active interface for language games and narrative plots— the featured texts reflect on language as a cultural and ideological construct as well as a medium for rupture and experimentation. Contributors include Rasha Salti and Omar Amiralay, Nida Ghouse, Brian Rogers, Beirut, Kirsten Scheid, and Haytham El Wardany.
ArteEast’s vision is of a thriving and sustainable arts sector in the Middle East and North Africa. Our mission is to deepen international arts engagement and to provide support to MENA-based artists and arts organizations in order to broaden the global audience for contemporary culture from the region....
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