DOUG AITKEN X ZIAD ANTAR
Artists Doug Aitken and Ziad Antar will give a talk outlining their respective work in sound, including Antar’s Safe Sound II a community project in collaboration with Beirut Art Residency, aiming to alter the soundscape of the city. Taking place on Wednesday 22 June, 18:00 to 19:00 at the Aïshti Foundation.
Doug Aitken is an American artist and filmmaker. Defying definitions of genre, he explores every medium, from film and installations to architectural interventions. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He participated in the Whitney Biennial 1997 and 2000 and earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation “electric earth”. Aitken received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, and the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts.
Ziad Antar is a Lebanese video artist and photographer. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the American University of Beirut be-fore turning to video and arts with a residency at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and a post-diploma of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Antar’s work has been acquired by several public collections, including Centre George Pompidou in France and the British Museum in the United Kingdom. Selected Solo Shows include ‘After Images’, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, 2016, ‘Safe Sounds’, La Criée, Rennes, 2014, ‘Liminality’, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, 2013, ‘Portrait of a Territory’, Arts Area, Sharjah, 2012 and ‘Expired’, Selma Feriani Gallery, London, 2011.