July 12, 2011: Dalia Khamissy describes her photographs and art to Beirut.com as part of its online coverage of MENASArt Fair in Beirut. The Empty Quarter, a Dubai-based gallery, represents this artist at the fair.

Born in 1973 in Beirut, Lebanon, Dalia Khamissy studied architecture for 3 years before enrolling in photography studies. In 1999 she receives a Diploma in Photography from the faculty of Fine Arts at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik- Lebanon.

In her documentary photography, Khamissy focuses on her society's taboos and the aftermath of wars in Lebanon and the Middle East. Her first project portrays a single mother who decides to raise her daughter alone in Lebanon, a society that condemns the birth of children outside of the marriage institution.

In 2004 she documents refugees stranded in camps on the border of Jordan Iraq after fleeing the war. She continues her work on refugees in Lebanon in 2006. In 2005 Khamissy works as the photo editor for the Associated Press in Beirut before quitting end of 2006. She focuses on her personal projects and documents in 2007 spaces that were damaged during the 2006 Israeli offensive on Lebanon.

Other than Beirut and Amman, Khamissy exhibited her photographs in 2005 at the Institut du Monde Arabe- Paris, in 2006 at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo- Sevilla and GL Strand Museum- Copenhaguen, in 2007 in Cadiz and in 2008 at the Mus├łe National d'Art Moderne et Contemporain- Algiers and the Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai. Khamissy's images are at the IMA's permanent collection. Her publications include Aperture Magazine- Eyemazing- Monocle- Financial Times- LA Times- Boston Globe- MERIP- Le Nouvel Observateur- Nox- Skin- Beirut Daily Star, Zawaya and Transit Beirut amongst others.

Learn more about MENASArt Fair 2011, participating artists & galleries, and associated events at http://beirut.com/l/7356


Past Events

MENASArt Fair 2011 Exhibition (Art)