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  • Every Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am until 07:00 pm, Dec 05 2013 to Jan 27 2014
  • Galerie Tanit, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
  • Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

A photography exhibition by
Lamia Maria Abillama

Opening : Thursday 5th of December 2013 from 6pm till 9pm
The exhibition will be on view till the 27th of January 2014.

Lamia Maria Abillama was born to Lebanese-Brazilian parents, in a family with a strong political legacy. She grew up in the shadow of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war, ultimately leaving Beirut to pursue advanced legal and diplomacy studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and then at Boston's Tufts University at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. But she soon found that Photography and the Arts were her true calling.
After graduating from New York's International Center for Photography in 2006, she embarked on a series of portraits. The first one, inspired by a visit to her Brazilian grandmother, depicts the world of Rio de Janeiro’s Society Ladies. The ‘Ladies’ series received considerable attention and led to several important assignments from leading publications, including New York Magazine, Fortune and the New York Times, which commissioned her to photograph portraits of high-profile individuals.
In contrast to the sheltered lives of Brazilian society ladies, her second series ‘Clashing Realities’ attempts to portray the breakdown of the lives of a range of Lebanese women in the context of a chaotic country plagued by years of war. Who is to blame for the conflict? In a work-in-progress series, Abillama, without siding with anyone, photographs Lebanese politicians in an unusual and daring light.
The Brazilian and the Lebanese series have variously been exhibited in Dubai (Art Dubai International Fair, 2013), the United States (Fotofest Houston Biennial, 2012), Belgium (2012), France (Paris Photo, 2009 and 2011), Italy and Lebanon and have won prizes and finalist places at international competitions, including the New York Photo Awards in the Fine Art category (2008), the International Photo Awards in the Fine Art, Portrait and Lifestyle category (2009), the London International Creative Competition (2009) and the Lucie Awards in the Deeper Perspective category (2009).
Abillama's work was also selected by reviewer Felix Hoffmann, C|O Berlin, as one of the leading ten works at the FotoFest 2010 Houston Biennial and selected among the 20 photographers to watch in 2013 by the British Journal of Photography. Her work is now part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York and in private collections.

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