Lebanese artist Lamia Joreige shortlisted for world’s leading art prize

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Lamia Joreige, Still from A Journey, Video, 41 minutes, 2006 © Lamia Joreige

Lebanese artist Lamia Joreige has been shortlisted for one of the world’s most important and respected prizes for international contemporary art, Artes Mundi 7 based in the United Kingdom.

Lamia is an artist and filmmaker who uses archival documents to reflect on the relationship between ‘individual’ and ‘collective’ memory.

Lamia Joreige, Still from And the living is easy, Video, 75 minutes, 2014 © Lamia Joreige
Lamia Joreige, Still from And the living is easy, Video, 75 minutes, 2014 © Lamia Joreige

Her work explores the possibility of portraying the trauma of the Lebanese wars with emphasis on her home city, Beirut. In 2011, Joreige’s piece Objects of War, a series of video testimonials on The Lebanese Civil War, was the first major piece of Lebanese art to be acquired by Tate Modern.

Joreige has exhibited internationally at institutions including, SFMOMA and Centre Pompidou.