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Lara BALADI

Lara BALADI

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi was born in Beirut, raised in Cairo and Paris, and educated in London. She has lived in Egypt since 1997. Whether ephemeral or permanent, her work interweaves and bridges the private and public, personal experiences and reflections on the socio-political conditions of the worlds she lives in. Drawing from the shifting borders of her identity, the artist develops her work while building an archive made of photographs, images, Youtube videos, articles and objects. Throughout her work, she interprets and re-interprets her archive:“ a broken memory which I try to  x” she says. She superimposes and intertwines layers of meaning, selecting iconographies that reference traditional and contemporary myths, playing with archetypes, which by de nition are cross-cultural and a-temporal, guiding the viewer and sometimes intentionally losing the viewer in a multitude of potential narratives.

Her work encompasses photography, video, collages and digital montages, installations, architectural constructions, tapestries, sculptures and perfume. In 2003, she received a Japan Foundation Fellowship to research manga and anime in Tokyo. In 2006, she organized and curated the artist residency Fenenin el Rehal (Nomadic Artists) in the Libyan Desert. Her work, Borg el Amal (Tower of Hope), an ephemeral construction and sound installation, won the Grand Nile Award at the 2008/2009 Cairo Biennale. She collaborated with the Kiev Kamera Orchestra to perform the Donkey Symphony, Borg el Amal's sound component, at the first Kiev Biennial in 2012. During the 2011 Egyptian uprising, Baladi co-founded two media initiatives:
Radio Tahrir and Tahrir Cinema. Both projects were inspired and informed by the eighteen days that toppled Mubarak's leadership. Tahrir Cinema served as a public platform to build and share a video archive on and for the revolution. Baladi is a member of the Arab Image Foundation since its creation in 1997.

 

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