Lamia Joreige

Lamia Joreige, After the River, 2016. Photo: Jamie Woodley © Artes Mundi

Lamia Joreige, After the River, 2016. Photo: Jamie Woodley © Artes Mundi

Lamia Joreige (b. 1972, Beirut, Lebanon) lives and works in Beirut. Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker using archival material and elements of fiction to illustrate the relationship between individual stories and collective history. She is interested in modes of presentation and representation, particularly in relation to the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, and Beirut is commonly at the fore of her imagery.

Lamia Joreige’s contribution to Liverpool Biennial 2018 is a three-channel video installation entitled After the River (2017). The video is part of Under-Writing Beirut – Nahr (The River), a project dedicated to the exploration of the river Nahr in Beirut. Unfolding past and present stories associated with the river, Joreige draws a social portrait of a landmark with varying roles in the rapidly changing city. Her video discusses gentrification, waste and current problems in the neighbourhood of the river, as well as touching upon the impact of the multicultural population and redevelopment plans for the area. Through the example of the river, Joreige reflects on the changing definition of landscape and the notion of border, a term that is crucial for the description of social and geographical spaces in the 21st century.

She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for advanced studies at Harvard University (2016–17) and shortlisted for Artes Mundi 7 (2017). She is a co-founder and board member of Beirut Art Center, which she co-directed from 2009 to 2014. Recent exhibitions include MARFA project, Beirut, Lebanon (2017); Sharjah Biennial 11 and 13, UAE (2013 and 2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2014); New Museum, New York, USA (2014); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA (2012); and Tate Modern, London, UK (2011–12).


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