Gregory Buchakjian

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Gregory Buchakjian (born 1971, in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese photographer and filmmaker. He studied at the Paris-Sorbonne University. He teaches at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts ALBA and was co founder, with architects Pierre Hage Boutros and Rana Haddad, of Atelier de Recherche ALBA.[1] He is also board member of the forthcoming Wine and Vine Museum in Lebanon[2] .

Work[edit]

Gregory Buchakjian emerged in the art scene after the 2006 Lebanon War within a collective of Lebanese filmmakers.[3] He directed What Shoes, a short animation film[4] presented part of the Videos Under Siege project featured in the Dubai International Film Festival 2008.

In the following years, he slipped into Beirut’s vibrant and underground nightlife. His photographs depict sensuality although violence and anxiety remain hidden.[5] Taking its name "Nighthawks" from a famous painting by Edward Hopper, the project was exhibited in Der Aa-kerk, Groningen as part of the 18th Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011: Metropolis.[6]

Publications[edit]

  • Halte (Labor et Fides, Geneva, 2006)
  • Pièces choisies, collection Bank Audi (Bank Audi, Beirut, 2008)
  • Esteban Lisa in the land of the Cedars. Tradition and Abstraction (Fundación Esteban Lisa, Buenos Aires and Fundación Antonio Pérez, Disputación de Cuenca, 2010)
  • De lumière et de sang (Alarm Editions, Beirut, 2010)
  • Art is the answer! Contemporary Lebanese artists and designers (Villa Empain, Brussels, 2012)[7]
  • War and other Impossible Possibilities. Thoughts on Arab History and Contemporary Art (Alarm Editions, Beirut, 2012)[8]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Nighthawks, Comme des Garçons Guerilla Store, Beirut, 2008[9]

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • Nafas Beirut, Espace SD, Beirut, 2006[10]
  • De Lumière et de Sang, Foundation Audi, Beirut, 2010[11]
  • Q Calling the Shots – vol. 1: Architectural Photography, Q Contemporary, Beirut, 2011[12]
  • Q Calling the Shots – vol. 2: Narrative Photography, Q Contemporary, Beirut, 2011[13]
  • Metropolis. City Life in the Urban Age, Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011, Groningen, 2011[14]
  • Platform: The Year in Images, National Museum of Singapore, 2012[15]
  • Pellicula, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, 2013[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formidable Beyrouth !". Centre pour l’image contemporaine - Saint-Gervais (Geneva). 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Johnny R.Saade Foundation Announces Wine and Vine Museum in Lebanon". Museum Publicity. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Armes, Roy (2010). Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East. A Dictionary. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. p. 100. ISBN 0-253-35518-4. 
  4. ^ "Nafas Beirut". Xanadu. 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gregory Buchakjian Nighthawks". La Lettre de la Photographie. 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gregory Buchakjian - Exhibitions". Photography Now: The international online platform for Photography and Video Art. 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels". Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grégory Buchakjian : ’’Plus on parle de paix, plus on s’en éloigne’’". L'Agenda Culturel. 06/07/12. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Daniel Phillips (20 June 2008). "Reaching back to Caravaggio, by way of Hopper". The Daily Star. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nafas Beirut". Espace SD. 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Canvas Guide: 'Of Light and Blood: Spain and Lebanon, Shared Stories'". Canvas Magazine. June 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Q Calling the Shots volume 1". Q Contemporary. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Q Calling the Shots volume 2". Q Contemporary. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Erik Vroons (26 July 2011). "NOORDERLICHT FESTIVAL 2011:". Gup Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "2011 - The Year In Pictures @ Platform". Platform, Singapore. January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  16. ^ Stoughton, India (24 April 2013). "On the impermanence of imagery". The Daily Star. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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