Gregory Buchakjian

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Gregory Buchakjian (born 1971, in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese photographer, filmmaker and art historian. 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]

Gregory Buchakjian is member of the advisory committee of the Saradar Collection, devoted to Lebanese art from the contemporary and modern periods.[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]

From 2009 to 2016, Gregory Buchakjian constituted a long term projet devoted to abandoned dwellings in Beirut, that developed as photographic interpretation of the derelict interiors[7] and grew into an extensive research and a PhD dissertation.[8]

Publications[edit]

  • Halte (Labor et Fides, Geneva, 2006)[9]
  • 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)[10]
  • De lumière et de sang (Alarm Editions, Beirut, 2010)
  • Art is the answer! Contemporary Lebanese artists and designers (Villa Empain, Brussels, 2012)[11]
  • War and other Impossible Possibilities. Thoughts on Arab History and Contemporary Art (Alarm Editions, Beirut, 2012)[12]
  • Michel Basbous (Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, 2014)[13]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Nighthawks, Comme des Garçons Guerilla Store, Beirut, 2008[14]

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • Nafas Beirut, Espace SD, Beirut, 2006[15]
  • De Lumière et de Sang, Foundation Audi, Beirut, 2010[16]
  • Q Calling the Shots – vol. 1: Architectural Photography, Q Contemporary, Beirut, 2011[17]
  • Q Calling the Shots – vol. 2: Narrative Photography, Q Contemporary, Beirut, 2011[18]
  • Metropolis. City Life in the Urban Age, Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011, Groningen, 2011[19]
  • Platform: The Year in Images, National Museum of Singapore, 2012[20]
  • Pellicula, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, 2013[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formidable Beyrouth !". Centre pour l’image contemporaine - Saint-Gervais (Geneva). 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saradar Collection - Saradar Group". Saradar. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  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. ^ Eric Gonon (8 July 2014). "VIDEO: Art in Beirut—Photographer Gregory Buchakjian, Abandoned Sensuality". Blouin ArtInfo. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "M. GREGORY BUCHAKJIAN - Habitats abandonnés de Beyrouth : Guerres et mutations de l'espace urbain (1860-2015).". Université Paris-Sorbonne. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Les Editions Labor et Fides » Ecrivains du réel » Halte". Labor et Fides. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Le document Esteban Lisa - Centre Pompidou". Centre Pompidou. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels". Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Grégory Buchakjian : Plus on parle de paix, plus on s'en éloigne". L'Agenda Culturel. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Michel Basbous (Biographical details)". The British Museum. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Daniel Phillips (20 June 2008). "Reaching back to Caravaggio, by way of Hopper". The Daily Star. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nafas Beirut". Espace SD. 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Canvas Guide: 'Of Light and Blood: Spain and Lebanon, Shared Stories'". Canvas Magazine. June 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Q Calling the Shots volume 1" (PDF). Q Contemporary. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Q Calling the Shots volume 2" (PDF). Q Contemporary. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  19. ^ Erik Vroons (26 July 2011). "NOORDERLICHT FESTIVAL 2011:". Gup Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "2011 - The Year In Pictures @ Platform". Platform, Singapore. January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Stoughton, India (24 April 2013). "On the impermanence of imagery". The Daily Star. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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