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12 April, 2022

Contemporary arts engagement with archaeological and heritage sites

Join us on Tuesday 12th of April at 5 pm, Beirut time / EEST for an exclusive webinar around the engagement of contemporary arts with archeological and heritage sites.
In line with its vision of curating programs of talks, performances and screenings to promote a culture of curiosity, creativity and collaboration, AD Leb is organizing an online seminar through which archeologists, architects, artists, geographers and landscapers will hold a dialogue around the display and engagement of contemporary arts in archeological and heritage sites.
This Webinar is organized within the context of AD Leb’s first two exhibitions so far held in unconventional spaces at heritage and archeological sites, with Prof. Bodil Petersson, Prof. Assaad Seif, Hala Younes and Hatem Imam as speakers and Amira Solh as moderator.
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This webinar will be delivered in English.
Bodil Petersson is a professor of Archaeology at Linnaeus University, Sweden. In recent years she has been the leader of a project, Experimental Heritage, performing research at the intersection of archaeology, heritage and art. She has published a text on the topic together with Danny Burke and a group of Swedish and Irish artists and archaeologists, “Experimental Heritage as Practice: Approaching the Past through the Present at the Intersection of Art and Archaeology”, available Open Access via this link:
University Professor and UNESCO / ICOMOS Heritage Expert with 30 years of experience; Assaad is a PhD in Archaeology, Ethnology and Prehistory. He then specialized in the fields of experimental archaeology with focus on ceramic studies and Computer Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Governance. He held first-line positions at the Lebanese Ministry of Culture ranging from the head of the archaeology and heritage research departments to serving as an advisor to the Minister of Culture. Former Senior Research Assistant at UCL; Assaad is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of CMAS – Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites – a Tailor & Francis publication. He is also a research consultant at the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRSL).
As a UNESCO and ICOMOS international Expert, Assaad acted as ICAHM Vice-President for the Arab Countries, and is currently a member of the ICHAM Scientific Committee Board, acting as the Publication Coordinator.
Building on his wide archaeological field work and urban archaeology experience, Dr. Seif promoted several approaches to the urban excavation methodologies and dissemination of archaeological knowledge as well as innovations in public outreach strategies. He also developed the philosophical, conceptual and practical frameworks of the preservation of the spatial memory and the heritage urban integration; with several publications on the subject, his is lately focusing on the study of Heritage as a mental construct led by sociocultural consensual dynamics.
Hala Younes is an architect, geographer, and educator. In her professional practice and in her teaching, Younes takes a close look at the complexity of territories and their histories to initiate the design project. She is committed to producing and disseminating knowledge and awareness regarding urban realities; as such, in 2018, Younes initiated the first Lebanese National Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2019, she received the Middle East Architect Award of the Residential Project of the Year for her Terrace Villa 2 in Chatine, Lebanon. In 2020 she was awarded the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. She founded her architecture studio in Lebanon in 1995, and between 2001 and 2009, she taught at the School of Architecture of the City and Territories of Marne la Vallée in Paris. Younes currently teaching at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
Hatem Imam is a visual artist and graphic designer. He holds a BFA in Graphic design from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and an MA in Fine Arts from the University of Creative Arts in Canterbury, UK. He is the co-founder and creative director of Studio Safar, co-founder of the design and visual culture magazine Journal Safar, co-founder of Samandal Comics, and artistic director of Annihaya Records. He has been teaching at the department of Architecture and Graphic Design at AUB since 2007.
Amira Solh is a cultural heritage and urban planning consultant. She studied Sociology at the American University of Beirut before earning a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University. Amira Solh began her career in rural development planning in various Arab countries and at the United Nations Development Program. She headed the Urban Planning Department at Solidere, the Lebanese company for the Development and Reconstruction of the Beirut Central District, until 2018. She is a founding Board Member of the Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut. She was a Fellow with the New Museum’s IdeasCity program in Arles, France. She has lectured and contributed on issues of urban planning and cultural heritage in several places.
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