Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Beirut. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting and filmmaking. She uses archival documents and elements of fiction to reflect on history and its possible narration and on the relationship between individual stories and collective memory. Her practice, rooted in her country’s experience, explores the possibilities of representing the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, particularly in Beirut, a city at the center of her imagery.
Joreige’s artworks have been presented internationally in various exhibitions and venues, among which: Centre Pompidou and Musée Nicéphore Niépce (France); Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, the New Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Taymour Grahne Gallery (US); Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery and Cardiff National Museum (UK); Sharjah Biennial (UAE) and Galerie Tanit and Art Factum (Lebanon).
She presented her films in festivals and venues such as FID Marseille; Medfilm Festival, Rome; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin; Home Works I, IV & VII, Beirut; Paris Cinema; The Mediterranean Festival of Cinema, Montpellier; Beirut Cinema Days.
Her work is part of public and private collections across the world, such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris ; Tate Modern, London ; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah ; MATHAF, Doha ; Ars Aevi collection for Sarajevo Contemporary Art Museum, Sarajevo ; Nicéphore Niépce Museum, Chalon- Sur-Saone; Fonds régional d’art contemporain, Bretagne; Banque Libano- Francaise, Saradar Collection and Bank Audi, Beirut.
She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for the year 2016-2017 and was shortlisted for Artes Mundi 7, the United Kingdom’s leading biennial art prize.
She is a cofounder and board member of Beirut Art Center, which she codirected from 2009 to 2014.