Fellowship

Fellow 2018/2019

Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh

Artist Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh studied history, photography, and visual anthropology in Paris. In 2018, she received her PhD from the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. From 2006 to 2011 she lived in Burj Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp next to Tyre, where she carried out photographic research, including a conversational project with young Palestinians and archival work on personal and studio photographs. Since 2008, Eid-Sabbagh is a member of the Arab Image Foundation. She received the Arles Discovery Award, 2013, and the 8th Vevey International Photography Award, 2011, for her collaboration with Rozenn Quéré titled Vies possibles et imaginaires (Possible and Imaginary Lives).

Fellowship Research Trajectory

Frictional Conversations: Negotiating Collective Agency is an instantiation of artist Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh’s long-term research practice in Burj Shamali camp, Tyre. This experimental research trajectory builds on an extended stay in Burj Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp southeast of Tyre, in southern Lebanon, where Eid-Sabbagh lived (2006–2011) and has been working since 2001. During this time, she developed and gathered—mostly in collaboration with camp residents—an extensive digital collection of personal and studio photographs, videos, and audio recordings. This long work process and the digital collection it has generated address the conditions and effects of global migration and refugee politics, and aim at making representational political questions and power hierarchies visible/legible.

In this research, Eid-Sabbagh works toward a collective embodiment of the digital collection of Burj Shamali, creating different types of interventions that experiment with how the digital collection and its political implications could be presented to the general public without being exhausted.