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Archiving a Revolution: Public talk with artist Lara Baladi


Welcome to a public talk with Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi, lecturer in Photography & Related Media in MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Image: The "Friday of victory" after Mubarak's fall. Photo by Lara Baladi. Tahir Square, Cairo, Egypt, 2011.

Lara Baladi is an Egyptian-Lebanese artist and archivist internationally recognized for her multidisciplinary work. In her investigations into myths, archives, personal histories and socio-political narratives, Baladi makes use of a wide range of mediums- photography, video, sound, and new technologies to create immersive multimedia installations, architectural spaces, collages, sculptures, tapestries and perfume.
Within her artistic practice, Baladi is active in socially engaged projects. In 2006, she founded the artist residency Fenenin el Rehal (Nomadic Artists) in Egypt¿s White Desert. During the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath, Baladi co-founded two media initiatives, Tahrir Cinema and Radio Tahrir.

Baladi publishes and exhibits worldwide and is part of many private and institutional collections. Among other global locations, she has been an artist in residency at the MacDowell Colony and Art Omi International Arts Center (USA) and VASL (Karachi, Pakistan, 2010.

Borg el Amal (Tower of Hope), Baladi's ephemeral construction and sound installation, won the first prize at the 2008/09 Cairo International Contemporary Art Biennale. For Ukraine's 2012 first Contemporary Art Biennial, she collaborated with the Kiev Kamera Orchestra to perform the Donkey Symphony - Borg El Amal's sound component.

Since 2014, Baladi has been a Fellow at MIT's Open Documentary Lab. In 2015-16, she was the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at MIT's Centre for Art, Science and Technology (CAST). She has been a Lecturer in MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) program since 2015.

Baladi is on the Board of Directors of the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art in Egypt and the Arab Image foundation in Lebanon.

This talk is supported by Valand Academy and Hasselblad Foundation.

Date: 3/14/2017

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Categories: Art

Organizer: Akademin Valand, Hasselbladstiftelsen

Location: Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
Bio Valand, entrance via Chalmersgatan 4


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