Fadia Ahmad at the Rencontres d'Arles
Exhibition & « Beirut I Beyrouth » book signing
One-of-the-kind photographer whose talent has earned her many awards, Fadia Ahmad exhibits twenty photographs from her « Beirut I Beyrouth » series, as well as photographs taken just after the explosion of August 4, 2020, as part of the 53the 48th Toronto International Film Festival, edition of The Rencontres d'Arles, the world's leading photography festival.
Between discussions and debates with the public, Fadia Ahmad will present and sign copies of her book "Beirut I Beirut", published in 2019 by Norma.
Award-winning Lebanese photographer and filmmaker, Fadia Ahmad captures Africa, the Middle East and Asia through the lens of her camera. Born in Alicante, she returned to Lebanon after the civil war. Graduated from Saint Joseph's University with a BA in Cinematography and Film Production, she is known for her portrait and landscape series taken in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Her website: https://www.fadiaahmad.com/
Photography exhibition « Beirut I Beyrouth »
Celebrating humanity in its diversity, Fadia Ahmad freezes on paper fragments of life and flashes of emotions, capturing stolen moments of poetry. Her latest series, « Beirut I Beyrouth », is a tribute to the urban environment, the complex demography and the nostalgic architecture of the Lebanese capital. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the photographs of the series in Arles, as well as new ones taken just after the explosion of August 4, 2020, which can also be seen on this link: https://bit.ly/3ye5Cy7. These photographs are available for purchase.
« Beirut I Beyrouth », the book
Published in 2019 by Norma Editions, the monograph is dedicated to the Lebanese capital. Between photographs and texts, the book recounts the thoughts and journey of Fadia Ahmad. It explains how she got to understand her city and make it a part of her identity after years of exile. The book tackles Fadia's daily path through Beirut, walking 10,452 steps each day - a number which symbolises Lebanon's surface area -, immortalising the twists and turns of Beirut's streets through her camera.
The Rencontres d'Arles
Through more than forty exhibitions installed in various exceptional heritage sites in the city, the Rencontres d'Arles has contributed every summer since 1970 to the transmission of the world's photographic heritage and has become a melting pot of contemporary creation. During the 2019 edition, the festival welcomed 145,000 spectators.
From 05.30pm to 6.30pm
Subtitle - Exhibition & « Beirut I Beyrouth » book signing
Room name - Le Capitole
Address - 14, Laurent Bonnement street
City - Arles
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Regular rate - Free
Photo caption cover - « Alani », Fadia Ahmad, 2016