Members And Consultants

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Board of Trustees

  • Carlos Ghosn

    Chairman
  • Fahed Hariri

    Vice-Chairman
  • Maher Mikati

    Vice-Chairman
  • Rev. Father Salim Daccache

    USJ Rector
  • Sandra Abou Nader

  • Jean Boghossian

  • Bernard Calil

  • Maroun Helou

  • Abraham Karabajakian

  • Cyril Karaoglan

  • Rita Nammour

  • Lord Palumbo

  • Naila Saade

  • Tanya Saade Zeeny

  • Ramez Shehadi

Artistic Advisory Commitee

  • Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath

    Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath co-founded Art Reoriented, a multi-disciplinary curatorial platform that operates from Munich and New York, in 2009.
    Their ongoing collaboration in terms of exhibitions, research and publications have involved museums and cultural institutions in the United States (MoMA and the De Paul), Qatar (Mathaf), France (INHA and The Institut du Monde Arabe), Spain (IVAM and Casa Arabe), South Korea (the Gwangju), Belgium (BOZAR), China (Today Art Museum) and the United Arab Emirates (Tashkeel). Curatorial projects include ItaliaArabia, Iran Inside Out, Told Untold Retold, Tea with Nefertiti and the Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

    They are members of several art prize and residency committees, including Dar Al-Ma'mun (Marrakesh) and the Boghossian Foundation (Brussels).

    Additionally, Bardaouil and Fellrath have taught at the New York University, the American University of Beirut and the London School of Economics and contribute regularly to publications like Artinfo, the Huffington Post, Canvas and Flashart.

    Fellrath holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, an MSc. from the London School of Economic and an AAS from Parsons the New School for Design. Bardaouil holds an MA in Art History from the University of Bristol, an MFA from the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London and is currently pursuing a PhD in Modernist Studies at the University of Munich.
  • Jack Persekian

    Native and resident in Jerusalem, Persekian is the former Head Curator and Director of the Palestinian Museum and was responsible for leading the development of the museum into an agent of empowerment and integration for Palestinian culture. He is also the founder and director of Anadiel Gallery and the Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem.

    Persekian has previously served as the Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2009-2011), Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial (2007-2011), and Head Curator of the Sharjah Biennial (2004-2007). His curated exhibitions include: 'Disorientation II', Manaret Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (2009), 'Never-Part', Bozar, Brussels (2008), 'Dubai Next', co-curated with Rem Koolhaas at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2008), 'Reconsidering Palestinian Art', Cuenca, Spain (2006); 'Disorientation - Contemporary Arab Artists from the Middle East', Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2003).
  • Venetia Porter

    Dr. Venetia Porter began working at the British Museum as the curator of Islamic coins in the Department of Coins and Medals. She is currently Curator of the Museum’s Islamic Art collection in the Middle Eastern Department and is also responsible for developing its collection of Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art.
    br> With expertise in number of different areas, including Medieval ceramics and tiles, aspects of Islamic coins and the history and architecture of Tahirid Yemen, which was the subject of her Doctoral thesis, she is the author of a series of books and scholarly articles that examine the artistic traditions of the Middle East, with a particular focus on calligraphy, tile-making and seals.
    br> She has also curated a number of international projects, including ‘Mightier than the Sword’ (2004), a travelling exhibition organized in conjunction with the Ian Potter Museum in Melbourne and the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East (2006), organized in conjunction with the DIFC in Dubai and Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam (2012), which was held at the British Museum.
  • Christine Macel

    Christine Macel born in Paris in 1969. Following her studies in art history, Christine Macel was a curator of the heritage and inspector of artistic creation for the “Délégation aux Arts Plastiques” of the French Ministry of Culture (from 1995). Since 2000 she has been Chief Curator at the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris, where she is responsible for the Department of “Création contemporaine et prospective”, which she founded and developed. She was the curator of the French Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2013 (Anri Sala) and the Belgian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2007 (Eric Duyckaerts).

    She also served as artistic director of the Festival du Printemps de Cahors for two years (ExtraetOrdinaire, 1999; Sensitive, 2000), and curated the exhibitions by Jeppe Hein at the Moore Space Miami (2005), by John Bock at the FRAC in Marseilles (2006) and by Ziad Antar at the Sharjah Foundation (2012). In 2015 she curated Nel Mezzo del Mezzo. She is the curator of Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner with Elisabeth Sussman, inaugurated at the Whitney Museum in New York in November 2015 and scheduled to open at the Centre Pompidou on June 10th 2016.

    She also recently worked on two exhibitions for the Centre Pompidou: Dear Friends, donations of the last 5 years (March 2016); Melik Ohanian, Marcel Duchamp Prize (May 2016).

Special Advisors

  • Farès El-Dahdah

    Dr. Farès el-Dahdah is Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Humanities Research Center (HRC). He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, '86; BArch '87) and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MAUD '89; DDes '92). Dr. El-Dahdah's books include Roberto Burle Marx: The Modernity of Landscape, Lucio Costa, Arquiteto, and A Doce Revolução de Oscar Niemeyer. He also participated in Utopías Urbanas: Geopolíticas del Deseo en América Latina, Shaping the City, Brasília - Fortuna Crítica, Razão e Ambiente among others. His articles have appeared in ANY, Architecture Magazine, Arquitectura Viva, Assemblage, Cite, Casabella, Docomomo Journal, Future Anterior, Minha Cidade and ReVista.

    He is currently writing a book on Lucio Costa's 1957 Pilot Plan project for Brasilia. In his creative practice, Dr. El-Dahdah has co-designed and co-curated exhibitions for the National Museums in Brasilia and Beirut.

    Since 2001, his research has primarily focused on Brazil's modern architecture and more recently, on the spatial and social evolution of Rio de Janeiro, for which he is co-developing a digital atlas spanning the city's history. His research projects have been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graham Foundation and the Getty Foundation. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Canadian Center for Architecture and Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

    Dr. El-Dahdah serves on the board of Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, the archives of which he has helped organize and describe. As HRC's director, he is responsible for identifying, encouraging and funding the research projects of faculty, visiting scholars and graduate and undergraduate students, while conducting new initiatives in the humanities and beyond.

Artistic Consultants

  • Saleh Barakat

    The owner of the Agial Art Gallery, which he launched in 1991, Saleh Barakat has long been active in the promotion of Modern and Contemporary Arab art, effectively starting the careers of some artists, amongst them Syria’s Sabhan Adam and Lebanon’s Ayman Baalbaki. In addition to amassing an extensive collection of his own, brings with him more than two decades of experience in the field.

    Amongst his most important curatorial projects are the 9th Francophonie Summit Art Exhibition in Beirut (2002); the World Bank Summit in Dubai (2003) and The Road to Peace: Painting in Times of War 1975-1991 (2009). He also co-curated the first national pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale and more recently Art from Lebanon: Modern and Contemporary Artists 1880-1975 at the Beirut Exhibition Center.

    In 2006, Barakat was a Yale World Fellow.
  • Amanda Abi Khalil

    Founder and Director of Temporary. Art. Platform

    Amanda is an independent curator currently based in Beirut. At the Sorbonne, Paris, she studied art mediation, sociology, and anthropology of art, graduating with an MA in Curating Art for Public Spaces.

    She has been focusing her curatorial projects on socially engaged practices, public spaces and the contextual ways of making art and curating in Lebanon. Concerned with a sociological reading of the art scene in Beirut and interested in cultural policy, she has been particularly devoted to commissioning local artists to explore the possibilities of engaging social, aesthetical or political dialogues in different contexts that are on the margin of the ‘’art world. Her practice as an exhibition-maker in and outside Lebanon tackled various themes including narrative and non-narrative practices in the MENA region, the moving image, anachronisms in image making, the white cube ideology of the gallery space while always critically rethinking the exhibition format through the methods she employs and the scenography. She also curates public interventions and artworks that aim to challenge the commonalities of public art.

    Abi Khalil lectures in curating and sociology of arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and at the Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut and is an audience outreach consultant for the Association for the Promotion and the Exhibition of Arts in Lebanon.

Education and Programming Consultant

  • Maya Hage

    Maya Hage holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) as well as a Masters in Art Criticism and Curatorial studies from the USJ (Université Saint Joseph).

    She is currently Head of Internship Programs at the USJ, where she also teaches and serves as an art and art history teacher and program coordinator for Secondary schools. Hage also works as a curator at Atelier Hapsitus, a multidisciplinary think-tank founded by artist and sculptor, Nadim Karam.
  • Lyne Sneige

    Lyne Sneige is currently the director of the Arts & Culture Program at the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, D.C. She has over 15 years of experience in international development in the Middle East. Before joining MEI, Sneige was deputy director Lebanon and regional projects manager for Arts and Culture for the Middle East at the British Council operating out of Beirut. She has extensive experience in strategy and planning as well as project management, and has many years of experience in the arts and culture scene in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East.

    Sneige spearheaded several initiatives such as the Creative Economy and Cultural Leadership agendas in the region, and is a strong advocate of the important role that artists play in their societies, and a main contributor to changing perceptions of the cultural sector in the Middle East as an important conduit to social and economic change. Sneige is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences and discussions, around the role of the arts in society.

    Sneige is a Salzburg Global Seminar fellow, a nominator to the Art Jameel Prize, an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition organized in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and a consultant to the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) that is set to open in 2021. She sits on the general assembly of Action for Hope a Beirut based NGO that provides cultural relief and cultural development programs to meet the social, cultural and psychological needs of distressed and displaced communities.

Consultants

  • Abniah

  • Avesta Group

  • BAKS Art Advisory

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • El Khoury Law Firm

  • Fitz and co

  • Hanan Sayed Worrell

  • Phase Eins

  • Rafik el Khoury and partners

  • Quantum Communications

  • BDO, Semaan, Gholam & Co

  • Soapbox

  • White & Case

  • Ralph Appelbaum & Associates