Lamia Joreige
Ouzai, Cartography of a Transformation 1-4 | 2017
Archival inkjet print mounted on aluminium. 4 prints of 93 x 210 cm each. From the project 'Under-Writing Beirut'

The series of works entitled 'Ouzai, Cartography of a Transformation' is based on maps from the Directorate of Geographical Affairs in the Lebanese Military from 1956, 1962, 1970, 1983, 1995, and from Zoom Earth in 2017. It proposes a subjective and poetic visual interpretation of the transformation of Ouzai over the years, from a sandy coastal mostly uninhabited area to a densely built and populated one.

Reference LJ-S-PH-2017

Biography of the artist

Born in Beirut. 1972
Works and Lives in Beirut


Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker. She earned her BFA in Painting and Filmmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 1995. She uses archival documents and elements of fiction to reflect on history and its possible narration, and the relation between individual stories and collective memory. Lamia Joreige's work essentially centers on the Lebanese wars and their aftermath and Time: the recording of time, of its trace and its effects on us, underlining the process of memory and the impossibility of accessing a complete narrative. Joreige has written, directed and produced works ranging from short videos to multimedia installations and documentaries while. She is also the author of two publications 'Time and the Other' and 'Ici et peut-être ailleurs', and has contributed to numerous publications and panels. She is also part of the Edgware Road project organized by the Serpentine gallery in London, and is a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center, a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon. The artist’s work has been presented in prominent global institutions including the Sharjah Biennial; Venice Biennale; Goteborg Biennial; SFMOMA, San Francisco; The New Museum, New York; The Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Mathaf, Doha; National Museum and Art Center Reina Sofia, Madrid; International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Nicéphore Niépce Museum, France; Townhouse gallery, Egypt.

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