Gregory Buchakjian


Gregory Buchakjian (b. 1971) is an art historian and visual artist. PhD graduate at Université Paris IV Sorbonne, he is assistant professor at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) where he co-founded, with Pierre Hage-Boutros and Rana Haddad, Atelier de Recherche ALBA (1997-2004), a transdisciplinary platform that triggered public interventions in issues such as memory and space appropriation.
Gregory Buchakjian est historien d’art et artiste visuel. Il vit et travaille à Beyrouth, où il est né en 1971. Titulaire d'un doctorat à l'Université Paris IV Sorbonne, il est professeur assistant à l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), où il avait cofondé, avec Pierre Hage-Boutros et Rana Haddad, l’Atelier de Recherche ALBA (1997-2004), une plateforme transdisciplinaire ayant appréhendé des problématiques urbaines telles la mémoire et l’appropriation de l’espace.

Buchakjian’s research deals with modern and contemporary art in Lebanon, focusing on city and history. Political and social turmoil, dereliction and heritage and among the issues discussed in his PhD dissertation: ‘Abandoned Dwellings in Beirut. Wars and Transformation of the Urban Space. 1860-2015’. The relation between image and urban narratives is present his publications Fouad Elkoury, Passing Time (Beirut, Kaph Books: 2017) and Traversées Photographiques. Le journal du Docteur Cottard (Beirut, Arab Image Foundation: 2017). He also published literary texts such as “Les petits lits blancs” (Revue Le Courage n.2, Paris, Grasset: 2017).
Ses recherches gravitent autour de l’art au Liban et dans le monde arabe. L'instabilité politique, la ruine et le patrimoine figurent parmi les problématiques abordées par sa thèse de doctorat intitulée : « Habitats abandonnés de Beyrouth, guerres et mutations de l'espace urbain, 1860-2015 ». La relation entre image et récit est omniprésente dans ses publications telles Fouad Elkoury, Passing Time (Beyrouth : Kaph Books: 2017) et Traversées Photographiques. Le journal du Docteur Cottard (Beyrouth : Fondation Arabe pour l’image, 2017). Il est également auteur de textes littéraires tel « Les petits lits blancs » (Revue Le Courage n.2, Paris, Grasset : 2017).

His visual work emerged with the short film What, Shoes? and the photographic series Nighthawks, both produced in the aftermath of the 2006 war in Lebanon. From 2009 to 2016, his exploration of abandoned dwellings in Beirut generated his PhD dissertation. This research led to an artistic project in four parts: the installations Inventory and Typologies, the video Archives and the photographic series Tableaux. In 2018, his pictures Fragments from the Ridge Line are presented in The Place that Remains, first pavilion of Lebanon at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Son travail visuel a émergé avec le film court Quoi, des Chaussures? et la série de clichés Nighthawks, tous deux consécutifs à la guerre de 2006 au Liban. De 2009 à 2016, son exploration des habitats abandonnés de Beyrouth et la thèse de doctorat qui en a découlé ont généré un projet artistique composé de quatre parties : Les installations Inventaire et Typologies, la vidéo Archives et la série photographique Tableaux. En 2018, ses photographies Fragments from the Ridge Line sont présentées à The Place that Remains, premier pavillon du Liban à la Biennale d’architecture de Venise.

Gregory Buchakjian is member of the advisory committee of the Saradar Collection and took part in many juries including Sursock Museum Salon d’Automne (2009), Villa Empain’s Boghossian Prize (2012), Beirut Art Center’s Exposure (2013) and Beirut Art Residency (2017). Membre du comité consultatif de la Collection Saradar, il a pris part à de nombreux jurys académiques et artistiques, dont le Salon d’Automne du musée Sursock (2009), le Prix Boghossian (2012), Exposure (Beirut Art Center, 2013) et Beirut Art Residency (2017).

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2018 (05) [exhibition] The Place that Remains, Pavilion of Lebanon, La Biennale di Venezia, 16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Arsenale, Venice, IT  [view project]
2018 (05) [talk] "Architecture, an entire practice", with Rudy Ricciotti and Bernard Khoury, Résidence des Pins, Beirut, LB
2017 (11) [publication] Fouad Elkoury. Passing Time. Kaph Books, Beirut, LB [view project]
2017 (11) [publication] Abdel-Hamid Baalbaki, Saleh Barakat Gallery and Alarm editions, Beirut, LB [view project]
2017 (10) [publication] The lives and deaths of inhabitants in abandoned houses, 2017
[view project]

2017 (10) [talk] "2007: The Pavilion of Lebanon", Venice Biennale and the Arab World conference, Ca' Foscari, Venice, IT [view website]
2017 (05) [publication] "Les petits lits blancs" in Revue Le courage nº3: Age d'or / Age de fer. Éditions Grasset & Fasquelle, Paris, FR [view project]
2017 (03) [talk] ARP Talk: Memories of Stones, conversation with Said Baalbaki. in partnership with ARP–ALBA-University of Balamand, Sursock Museum, Beirut, LB [view website]
2016 (11) [talk] "Refugee Crisis in the Levant", panel in Design, Culture and Societies, ARD 11, Ateliers de la Recherche en Design, at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), Beirut, LB [view website]
2016 (06) [PhD defence] "Abandoned Dwellings in Beirut. Wars and Transformation of the Urban Space. 1860-2015", Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris, FR [view website]
2016 (06) [publication] Confined Space by  Laura J. Padgett, text by Gregory Buchakjian. Published by Galerie Rautenstrauch and Anke Ehle-Barthel, Frankfurt, DE [view project]
2016 (05) [talk] Discussion with Ali Cherri following the projection of his films The Disquiet and The Digger, Sursock Museum, Beirut, LB [view website]
2016 (04) [talk] Discussion moderator with Antoine  Moreau,  Michel  Lasserre and Paola  Yacoub, International Conference: L’action d’art (The Action of Art), Sursock Museum, Beirut, LB [view brochure]
2016 (01) [talk] "Excavating ghosts from one's artwork", in Art and Ideology, Seminar at the Centre André Chastel / Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris, FR [view brochure]
2015 (11) [publication] Wadi Abou Jmil. Artist Book by Saïd Baalbaki, text by Gregory Buchakjian, Berlin, DE [view project]
2015 (10) [publication] Beirut by Night. A Century of Nightlife Photography, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, BRILL, Leiden, NL [view project]
2015 (10) [publication] Last nights at the Holiday Inn in Litterature, art and contemporary world: narratives, history, memory, Colloquium papers, edited by Nayla Tamraz, Presses de l'Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut, LB [font color="#000000" size="-2">view project]
2015 (10) [talk] "Lebanon at war[s] in Contemporary Artistic Practices" with Marwan Rechmaoui, Mounira Solh, Fares Chalabi, Hachem Adnan, Lamia Abi Azar and Ghassan Maasri. Colloquium organized by Ifpo, Mansion, Beirut, LB [view website]
2014 (12) [seminar] Unintentional Monuments of the Lebanese War, Inalco - Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, FR
2014 (11) [publication] Michelangelo Pistoletto in Beirut, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, LB [view project]
2014 (09) [publication] Michel Basbous, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, LB [view project]
2014 (08) [talk] "Modernity out of the Center", Temporary Art Platform, Miziara, LB [view website]
2014 (06) [talk] "Art Practices Beyond the Contextual Narrative in the Middle East: Forms, Poetic Images and Other Aesthetics" with Umer Butt, Pascal Hachem, Basim Magdy and Amanda Abi Khalil (moderator), Art Basel, Basel, CH [view website]

2014 (05) [talk] "Last nights at the Holiday Inn", in  Literature, art and the contemporary world: narratives, history, memory colloquium, Université Saint-Joseph (USJ), Beirut, LB
[view brochure]

2014 (04) [talk] "Aref Rayess and the 1960s-1970s Beirut Art Scene", round table with Catherine David, Amal Traboulsi and Joseph Tarrab, Artistic Research Practices (ARP) at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), Beirut, LB

2014 (03) [consultancy] Michel Basbous: A Modernist Project for Lebanon, collaboration with Agial Art Gallery, Art Dubai Modern 2014, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, AE
2014 (03) [consultancy] Huguette Caland: Bringing Life into Shapes, collaboration with Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Art Dubai Modern 2014, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, AE [view brochure]

2014 (01) [talk] "The Artist in the Arab World: Between Political Crisis and Petrodollars", in The artist's identity in European and International History, Seminar at the Centre André Chastel / Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris, FR [view website]

2013 (12) [installation] Abandoned Dwellings from Beirut to Namibia, produced by Valerie Cachard, Kolmanskop, NA [font color="#000000" size="-2">view project]
2013 (11) [consultancy] Member of the jury of Exposure 2013 exhibition dedicated to emerging artists in and from Lebanon, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, LB [ view website] 
2013 (09)
[consultancy] Pascal Hachem, You Always Want What the Other Has (Edition 2013), Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, IT [font color="#000000" size="-2">view website]

2013 (04) [installation] Leningrad, Pellicula exhibition, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, LB [view project]
2013 (04) [talk] "Ethics and photography", Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, LB

2013 (03) [publication] Hanibal Srouji. Painting fire, water, earth and air [view project]
2012 (10) [publication] Art from Lebanon, Modern and Contemporary Artists, volume 1: 1880-1975, launching, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, LB [view project]
2012 (05) [consultancy] Member of the jury of the Boghossian Foundation Prize for Young Lebanese Artists 2012, Villa Empain, Brussels, BE [view website]

2012 (05) [publication] War and Other (Impossible) Possibilities, launching, Papercup Store, Beirut, LB [view project]
2012 (04) [consultancy] Member of the Advisory board of the Saradar Collection, Beirut, LB 
2012 (03) [publication] Art is the Answer, Villa Empain, Brussels, BE [view project]

2012 (01) [photo projection] The Dress at Platform, Pictures of the Year event, National Museum of Singapore, SG 
2011 (09)
[photo exhibition] Nighthawks at Metropolis, City Life in the Urban Age, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groniningen, NL [font color="#000000" size="-2">view website] 
2011 (03) [talk] Lebanese Contemporary Art and its Market, roundtable, Beirut Art Fair, Biel, Beirut, LB
2011 (05) [consultancy] Museum of Vine and Wine official launching press conference, Bristol Hotel, Beirut, LB

2011 (03)
[photo exhibition] Beach Life at Q Calling the Shots, vol. II, Narrative Photography, Q Contemporary, Beirut, LB [view project]
2010 (12) [photo exhibition] Black Glam at Salon d'Automne, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, LB
2010 (11) [photo exhibition] Bejart/Baalbeck at Q Calling the Shots, vol. I, Architectural Photography, Q Contemporary, Beirut, LB [view project]
2010 (06) [publication + exhibition] De Lumière et de Sang, Fondation Audi, Beirut, LB, catalogue Alarm Editions [view project]
2010 (04) [publication] Esteban Lisa, Fundación Esteban Lisa, Buenos Aires, AR and Fundación Antonio Pérez, Disputación de Cuenca, ES [view project]
2010 (02) [publication] Convergence. New Art from Lebanon, Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C., US [view project]
2009 (07) [photo exhibition] Under(the)line, Araman Factory, Bourj Hammoud, LB [view project]
2008 (08) [publication] Pièces Choisies, collection Bank Audi, Beirut, LB

2008 (06) [performance] Le franc tireur, l'architecte, le consul et l'arménien, IESAV, Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut, LB [view project]
2008 (05) [photo exhibition] Nighthawks, Comme des Garçons Guerilla Store, Beirut, LB [view project]
2008 (01) [publication + installation] Pending Piece, Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut, LB [view project]
2006 (09) [film] What, Shoes, Festival de Genève La Bâtie, Geneva, CH; Beirut D.C., Beirut, LB; Nafas Beirut, Espace SD, Beirut LB; Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai, UAE; Sydney Arab Film Festival, Sydney, AU; Shorts and Shwarma, Institut Français, London, UK 
2006 (05) [publication] Halte, ed. Labor et Fides, Geneva, CH 
2003 (08) [installation] Points d'eau, Salima, LB, with Atelier de Recherche ALBA in partnership with Patrimoine Sans Frontières and Institut Français d'Architecture 
2002 (11) [publication] Pas de Place, with Atelier de Recherche ALBA, Beirut, LB 
2001 (09) [installation] Dialogue des Cultures dans un jardin de sourds, Centre Culturel Français, Beirut, LB, with Atelier de Recherche ALBA [view project]
2001 (07) [publication + installation] Lieux: 1 Acte / 2 Pièces, Fraykeh Silk Factory, LB, with Atelier de Recherche ALBA and Fraykeh Festival 2001 [view project]
2001 (02) [installation] 1 Acte / 2 Pièces, Théâtre de Beyrouth, Beirut, LB, with Atelier de Recherche ALBA and Shams 
2000 (05) [installation] Machines Célibataires, Beirut Hall, Beirut, LB,  with Atelier de Recherche ALBA [view project]
1999 (07) [installation] Bien Fonds 1237: l'architecte, le vernaculaire et le franc tireur, La Fabrika, Beirut, LB,  with Atelier de Recherche ALBA 
1998 (07) [projection] Mois de la photographie au Liban, various locations, LB, with Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts ALBA [view project]
1997 (10) [performance] Hommage au Grand Théâtre de Beyrouth, Grand Theatre, Beirut, LB, with Atelier de Recherche ALBA and Companie Théâtre Ecarlate
1997 (05) [installation] L'ALBA Marque l'Espace du CCF, Centre Culturel Français, Beirut, LB,with Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts ALBA [view project]
1997 (04) [publication] Les maîtres du temps, for L'Agenda Culturel [view project]
1996 (04) Launching of Baron & Baron, www.baronbaron.com [view project] 
1995 (11) [publication] Le musée à l'école: Cezanne, for L'Agenda Culturel [view project]
1995 (10)
Starts teaching at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, ALBA, Beirut, LB

1995 (09) Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) in Art History, Université Paris IV, Sorbonne, Paris, FR

1993 (06) Maitrise in Art History, Université Paris IV, Sorbonne, Paris, FR

1987 (08) [performance] This is a slide of my House, Legacy International Youth Program, Bedford, VA, US [view project]
1971 (07) Birth in Beirut, LB