AMANDA ABI KHALIL

FOTO PERFIL_Amanda Abi Khalil

Amanda Abi Khalil (Lebanon) is an independent art curator based in Beirut. She has been focusing her curatorial projects on socially engaged practices and exhibitions that critically address modes of production and exhibition in the art world today.  She is the founder of Temporary Art Platform, a curatorial platform that aims to shift artistic and curatorial discourse towards social and contextual concerns in Lebanon through residencies, research projects and public art commissions. Abi Khalil lectures in curating and sociology of arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and the Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut.


Her latest exhibitions include When all seemingly stands still, GreyNoise Dubai, Dust (co-curated with Anna Ptak) at the CCA Warsaw- Ujazdowski Castle, Simple past Perfect futures, Centquatre Paris. She was a nominee of the 2016 ICI’s independent vision curatorial award and a resident at Delfina foundation in 2018. 


Abi Khalil is currently working on a curatorial project between Lebanon and Brazil in collaboration with Patrick Pessoa (Rio de Janeiro based scholar, theatre director and art critic). The project will comprise a contemporary art exhibition and exchanges of artists residencies around the theme of Hospitality with a particular focus on social practices. This project was inspired by the history of the Lebanese migration to Brazil and the strong influences of  Arab diasporas on the contemporary Brazilian societies. This research residency at Inclusartiz with Lebanese artist Ahmad Ghossein constitutes an iteration of the guest/host situations this project will trigger. 

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Amanda Abi Khalil took part in a research exchange project instigated by the Goethe institutes in Rio de Janeiro and Beirut in 2017. She was Patrick Pessoa’s guest in Rio, (a playwright and theater critic, professor of philosophy at the UFF, Universidade Federal Fluminense) before becoming his host in Beirut the same year. This first cultural exchange led to a larger research towards the production of an exhibition preceded by artists residences exchanges in Lebanon and Brazil.

It is at the Delfina Foundation (London) in March 2018, that the curator developed her proposal in which the residency format is inherent to the exhibition’s methodology. The residency was considered for it being a ‘’hosting’’ situation and trigger of artistic and curatorial knowledge production. Through Delfina Foundation the curator met with Frances Reynolds who showed interest in supporting the project through her platform and residency in Rio de Janeiro and invited Abi Khalil together with Lebanese artist Ahmad Ghossein for a month residency at Inclusartiz Institute in June 2018.  

This residency will be an iteration of the exhibition’s methodology and will be dedicated to research for a future commission by the artist. Punctuated by a series of public programs and exchanges with host institutions and communities, this one-month immersion in Rio will feed into to the research for both the exhibition and commission. 

The project and exhibition are inspired by the historical, social and cultural narratives associated to the Lebanese (and Arab) Diaspora in Brazil and the reciprocal relations these two countries have been sustaining since the late 19th century. It is widely known that there are at least three times more Lebanese from Lebanese descent in Brazil than in Lebanon and that Brazil hosts the largest Arab diaspora (mainly from the Levant: Lebanon, Syria and Palestine) in the world. Since Brazil’s independence in 1822, those who entered were no longer colonizers but migrants.


Brazil could be viewed as this utopian territory where Arab sectarianism dissolved, a host land with open arms reputed for it is historical xenophilic identity and policy. The ‘’humanitarian visas’’ practiced in Brazil granted a new home for the poor and vulnerable for centuries. Prior to the economic crisis of 2015, Brazilian politicians claimed that the country could resolve the global refugee crisis.  Shaped around the theme of hospitality, looked at from the angle of historical migration, contemporary xenophobic climate (refugee crisis), and the notion of displacement inherent to the global art world (the exhibition and its methodology), the exhibition will be co-produced and shown in Brazil and Lebanon in 2019-2020.

Amanda Abi Khalil

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Independent Art curator
Founder of Temporary Art Platform (Beirut)

Born in 1985, Beirut, Lebanon

FIELDS OF RESEARCH AND INTEREST

Contemporary Art – Research based art practices – Cultural Policy and Sociology of the Arts – Public Space –Museum practices Contextual Art –Art Management – Art in and from the MENA region – Audience outreach policies – Art Education – Exhibition practices

Nominated in 2016 by the ICI (Independent Curators International) for the Independent Vision Curatorial Award

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2018

(Brazil – Lebanon) – ongoing research, exhibition in the making

2016

White Cube… Literally – On form and convention of display / Hassan Sharif, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Edouardo Abaroa, Wilfredo Prieto, John Carswell, Michael John Whelan, Haleh Radjaian, MentalKLINIK, Saba Innab, Omar Fakhoury, Raed Yassin, Mohamed Kazem, Jérémy Gobé, Alice Mulliez, Annabel Daou, José Bento, Montez Magno, Adel Abidin, Gilbert

Hage, Christiana de Marchi, Arnaud Rivieren, Yann Sérandour, Evariste Richer, Isabelle van den Eynde – Dubai

2015

Dust co-curated with Anna Ptak / Nazgol Ansarinia, Caline Aoun, Mehraneh Atashi, Vartan Avakian, Naser Bakhshi, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Ali Cherri, Vikram Divecha, Negar Farajiani, Barbad Golshiri,MikołajGrospierre,AliKazim,Komuna//Warszawa,MehreenMurtaza,Jurgen Ots, Monira Al Qadiri, Wojciech Pustoła, Iza Tarasewicz, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle – Warsaw

When all seemingly stands still / Angle Leccia, Sanne Vassen, Albrecht Pischel, Pauline Bastard, Kermelo Bermejo, LucFosther Diop, Michael John Whelan, Lantian Xie, Grey Noise – Dubai

Pipperoo, Pippera, Pipperum / Doa Aly, Adel Abidin, Maeve Brennan, Mirna Bamieh, Ahmad Ghossein, Randa Mirza, Paul Hage-Boutros, Badr el Hammami, Daniel Kotter, Meinblau – Berlin

Only In, Michael John Whelan, Vitrine Gallery – London

2014

Simple Past, Perfect futures / Lamia Joreige, Adel Abidin, Ali Cherri, Siska, Larissa Sansour,

Estefanìa Pañafiel, Bill Balaskas, Le CENTQUATRE– Paris

2013

Intangible experiences, arrangements and manoeuvres / Charbel-joseph H.Boutros and Stéphanie Saadé, Grey Noise – Dubai

Echgi Memeh / Laure de Selys, French Institute – Beirut Postponed Noon / Raed Yassin, Vitrine Gallery – London

We hesitated between arrangements, modulations and manoeuvres / Charbel-joseph H.Boutros, Caline Aoun and Stéphanie Saadé, Minus 5 – Beirut

POURQUOI-MOI / Emmanuelle Raynaut, Le ZINC – Marseille

2012

By Hook or By Crook co-curated with artist Edward Salem, The Hangar – Beirut

Waterfront / Hala Younes, The Hangar – Beirut

Annual fundraising auction exhibition / Walid Raad, Sophie Calle, Walid Sadek, Gilbert Hage, Amal Saadé, Ilaria Lupo, Hatem Imam, Raed Yassin, Karine Wehbé, Omar Fakhoury, Nathalie

Harb, Estefania Penafiel Loaiza, Jeroen Kramer, Noël Nasr, Souheil Sleiman, Alfred Tarazi, Nada Sehnaoui, Houssam Bokeili, The Hangar – Beirut

2011

No Vacancy / Estefania Penãfiel Loaiza, The Hangar – Beirut Monopolis, a house of cards / Souheil Sleiman, The Hangar – Beirut A bus and its replicas / Houssam Bokeili, The Hangar – Beirut

OTHER CURATED PROJECTS / PUBLIC SPACE / PUBLIC ART / SCREENING PROGRAMS

2018

Art at AUBMC / Temporary Art Platform, six site-specific commissions for permanent public artworks for the new Amercian University of Beirut’s Medical Center (in progress)
Tamara el Samerraei, Hatem Imam, Nadim Mechlaoui and Sharif Sehnaoui, Zeina Badran and Rayya Badran, Lara Tabet, Catherine Cattaruzza

‘’Chou Hayda’’ Mathaf Mathaf / collaboration with the Lebanese National Museum and BeMA on an art commission by artist Annabel Daou and a series of workshops bridging the ancient collection of the museum with contemporary art

2017

Dalieh Art Interventions / Temporary Art Platform, site specific commissioned interventions in the framework of the civil campaign for the protection of Dalieh, unique natural and cultural site on Beirut’s coast endangered by a real estate project
Nadim Mechlaoui, 200grs, Ieva Saudargaité, Omar Fakhoury, Raymond Gemayel, Ghassan Maasri, Mustapha Jundi

BeMA Jezzine Artists in Residency / one month residency and public program focusing on the theme of water – Jezzine, South Lebanon

2016

Works on Paper / Oeuvres sur Papier / Fan bel tabe3. Contemporary art interventions commissioned by APEAL for four daily Lebanese newspapers – Al Akhbar, As Safir, The Daily Star and L’Orient le Jour
Annabel Daou, Walid Sadek, Haig Aivazian, Gilbert Hage, Sirine Fattouh, Caline Aoun, Nada Sehnaoui, Omar Fakhoury, Ilaria Lupo, Danielle Genadry, Raafat Majzoub, Ahmad Ghossein

Ras Masqa Artists in Residence / one-month residency and public program focusing on the theme of art education (Apeal)– Ras Masqa, North Lebanon

2015

Pipperoo, Pippera, Pipperum / Video program, Alfilm-Berlin

2014

InVisible Public Art Commission / Vartan Avakian, Shaikha El Mazrou, Monira Al Qadiri, Vikram

Divecha, Doa Aly, Shindagha Heritage Village – Dubai

Meziara Artists-in-Residence / Temporary Art Platform, one-month residency with seven international artists on a context-responsive environment accompanied by a public program – Meziara, Lebanon

Parallel events, Exposure, Beirut Art Center – Beirut
Like a flower waiting to bloom, like a light bulb in a dark room / Video program Laure de Selys, Ali Cherri, Hatem Imam, Sawsen Al Sarraf, Bassem Mansour and Dana El Jouder, Kinda Hassan and Dalia Naous, Paul Hajje Boutros, Caline Aoun, Charbel-joseph H.Boutros, Karine Wehbé
ART IS, Popular Front for the Liberation of Art / Intervention in public space Emerging? Lamia Joreige, Amal Issa, Saleh Barakat, Roy Dib / Roundtable

2013

A thousand tapes co-curated with Raed Yassin, Mansion, Beirut / VHS tapes film program

2012

Uncovered, Basak Senova, The Hangar, Beirut / Residency and talks
Dedans dehors, Lieux Fictifs, The Hangar, Beirut / Series of workshops and video program Newyesterday Mustafa Kapplan, Filiz Sizlani and Camille Louis, The Hangar, Beirut

/ Performance
The Hangar Youth Council, The Hangar, Beirut / Series of youth workshops

2010 – 12

The Hangar, Beirut / Weekly film program

INVITED SPEAKER

2017

Madrassa, Regional program of residencies, meetings and

trainings in contemporary curatorial practices, Casablanca – Morocco

2016

‘’Roots and Routes: Challenges and Opportunities of Connectivity”, ResArtis international meeting, Tehran, Iran

2015

On ‘’Dust’’, Museum of Contemporary Art Tehran, Iran How to look at video…. Campus Art Dubai

Beirut 2020, lecture-performance, Kunsthall Stavanger – Norway Art practices in context of crisis, Kunsthall Bergen – Norway

The international meeting of residencies ‘’Residencies as learning environments’’, Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan

2014

Young Curators Invitational, FIAC – Paris

Art practices beyond the contextual narrative in the Middle East:

Forms, poetic images and other aesthetics, Art Basel Salon – Basel

Beirut 2020, lecture performance, Centre for Contemporary Arts Ujazdowski Castle – Warsaw

Contemporary practices and post-war narratives, International Colloquium Curatorial Department, Saint-Joseph University – Beirut

2013

Post-war art practices in Lebanon, Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design – Geneva

2012

Independent Art Spaces and Funding, Fondation Ricard – Paris

Art and Patronage, MENASART Art Fair, Beirut

2011

The audience of Arts in Lebanon, Beirut Exhibition Center – Beirut

Independent Space from the MENA region, Istanbul Biennial- Istanbul

March Meeting, Sharjah Biennial – UAE
2009

Fiction in documentary films on Je veux voir by Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas,

EHESS – Paris
2008

Collective memory of the Lebanese war in video-art, EHESS – Paris

WORK EXPERIENCE

2018

Curator and consultant for Art at AUBMC – Art in healthcare environment – Beirut Curator of AiR – Public Art – Art Dubai

2015 – 2018

Consultant for Audience Outreach programs – Apeal, ‘Beirut Museum for Art – Beirut

2014

Curator of InVisible Public Art Commission – Dubai

Programmer, Alfilm Festival – Berlin

2013 – 2017

Founder and director of Temporary Art Platform – Beirut

2013

Artistic coordinator, Nature Addicts Fund – Paris

2013 – 14

Public Art Consultant – Djibouti Ville

2010 – 12

Director and curator – The Hangar, Beirut

2010

Opera in creation workshop coordinator – Aix-en-Provence International Opera Festival, France

2008 – 2010

Artistic coordinator and assistant curator, Le CENTQUATRE – Paris

2008

Artistic coordinator and production manager, Public Art Commission, Stéphane Shankland, city council – Ivry-sur-Seine, France

2007

Programming assistant, Video Art Festival Paris-Berlin – Paris.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (Ongoing since 2011)

Part time professor/ Course: Contemporary Art (Art Now), American University of Beirut

Part time professor/ Courses: The Art Market / Curating and its problematics/ Public Art Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts Department, Beirut

Part time professor/ Course: Curating and audience outreach, Saint-Joseph University, Curatorial Department, Beirut

JURY MEMBER

Al Serkal Residency program, Dubai (Selection committee 2016 – 2018)
Dubai Art Campus, Art Dubai, 2013
Exposure, Beirut Art Center, 2012
Art and Archive, Cologne-Beirut exchange program, Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2012

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selection)

Young Curators Invitational, close up on the French contemporary art scene, Cura.books, 2015 (publication of FIAC, French Institute and Fondation Ricard)

Mémoire individuelle, mémoire collective et Histoire dans les pratiques artistiques contemporaines au Liban, Presses de L’Université Saint Joseph edited by Nayla Tamraz, 2015

L’archive dans les arts vivants, Performance, danse, théâtre, Presses Universitaires de Rennes edited by Isabelle Barberis, 2015

Art In Residence, AIR publication # 1 issue, Archiviazioni Bologna, July 2013 Gemüselager des Gestern, Der Freitag, September 8th, 2011

Lebanese contemporary art and the civil war’s collective memory, Master dissertation, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris 3, 2007

GRANTS

Goethe Institute, Cimetta Fund, Young Arab Theatre Fund, Pro Helvetia, British Council, Boghossian Foundation, French Institute, Turkish Embassy, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Ford Foundation, Danish Art Institute, Tamteen Grant.

EDUCATION

Master Degree, Curatorial Practices for Public Spaces, Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris 1

Master Degree, Sociology and Anthropology, Major: cultural policies, Denis Diderot University, Paris 7

Bachelor, Art Mediation and curatorial practice, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris 3

RESIDENCIES / PROGRAMS

Collecting as practice, curatorial research residency, Delfina Foundation, London Curatorial research trip, Goethe Institute, Rio de Janeiro
Young curators invitational, FIAC, Paris
Global Art Forum, Fellow Curator, Art Dubai

Artists in Residence Laboratory, RE-DIRECTING: EAST, Centre for Contemporary Arts Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw