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Lara Baladi

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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. Baladi publishes and exhibits worldwide. Her body of work encompasses photography, video, photo collages and digital montages, installations, architectural constructions, tapestries, sculptures and perfume.

Baladi received the Japan Foundation Fellowship in 2003 to research manga and anime in Tokyo. She curated the artist residency Fenenin el Rehal (Nomadic Artists) in the Libyan desert in 2006. Among other global locations, she participated in the VASL residency program in Karachi, Pakistan in 2010. 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 represented by Brancolini & Grimaldi gallery in London and IVDE Gallery in Dubai. Baladi has been a member of the Arab Image Foundation since its creation in 1997.