ABOUT LARA BALADI
Lara Baladi is an Egyptian-Lebanese-French artist, archivist and educator, internationally recognized for her multidisciplinary work. In her investigations into archives, personal histories, socio-political narratives and myths, Baladi’s work spans a wide range of mediums, photography, analogue and digital collages, immersive video, sound, mutlimedia installations, architectural spaces, sculptures, tapestries and perfume.
Within her artistic practice, Baladi is active in socially engaged projects. She is on the Board of Directors of the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art in Egypt and the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) in Lebanon. In 2006, she founded the artist residency Fenenin el Rehal (Nomadic Artists) in Egypt’s White Desert. During the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath, Baladi co-founded two media initiatives, Tahrir Cinema and Radio Tahrir.
She has been an artist in residency at the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire, 2015), Art Omi International Arts Center (Hudson, New York, 2014) and VASL (Karachi, Pakistan, 2010) among other places. In 2003, she received a fellowship from the Japan Foundation to research anime.
Borg el Amal (Tower of Hope), Baladi’s ephemeral construction and sound installation, won the first prize at the 2008-09 Cairo International Contemporary Art Biennale. For Ukraine’s 2012 first Contemporary Art Biennial, she collaborated with the Kiev Kamera Orchestra to perform the Donkey Symphony —Borg El Amal’s sound component.
Since 2014, Baladi has been a Fellow at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. In 2015-16, she was the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at MIT’s Centre for Art, Science and Technology (CAST). She has been a lecturer in MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) since 2015.