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Lara Baladi

Lara Baladi (b. 1969) is a multidisciplinary Egyptian-Lebanese artist, archivist, and educator based between Egypt and Cambridge, MA. Her practice spans photography, video, collage, multimedia works, architectural installations, sculpture, and scent. Informed by critical investigations into historical archives and the study of popular visual culture, Baladi’s work questions the theoretical divide between myth, memory, reality, and the cycles inherent in history. Ongoing since 2011, her project Vox Populi: Tahrir Archives includes a series of media initiatives, artworks, publications, and an opensource timeline and portal into the web-based archives of the 2011 Egyptian revolution and other global social movements. Baladi’s work has been published, exhibited, and featured internationally, including at the Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden (2021); the Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2018); Transmediale, Berlin, Germany (2016); and Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France (2004). Baladi received fellowships from MIT’s Open Documentary Lab (2014) and the Japan Foundation (2003). She has been an artist-in-residence at MIT (Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence, 2015); MacDowell, New Hampshire, US (2015); and Art Omi, Ghent, New York (2014) amongst others. In the past decade, she was on the board of directors of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) in Beirut and the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art in Egypt. Since 2016, Lara Baladi has been a Lecturer in MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT).

Exhibitions

4 December, 2021 to 9 January, 2022

Lost In The Right Direction

Lost in the right direction is the second exhibition from AD Leb, a cultural space and digital platform dedicated to supporting cultural and artistic production in Lebanon and the surrounding region. Contemporary works by established and emerging artists, designers and artisans are displayed at an archaeological site in the mountains east of Beirut in a rare, public outdoor exhibition. Explore

Press

Exibart December 27, 2021

In Libano, un sito archeologico ospita una mostra d’arte contemporanea

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The National News December 27, 2021

Lebanon art show at Beit Meri’s Roman ruins portrays tragedy in a delicate way

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L’Orient Le Jour December 27, 2021

Perdus dans la bonne direction à Deir el-Qalaa, entre vestiges et créations artistiques…

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