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Zena el Khalil

born 1976 in London, has lived in Nigeria, London, New York, and Beirut.

Zena is an installation artist, a painter, and writer and holds a MFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her artwork centers on issues of war, love, family and religion and is a direct reflection of the time and space she lives in. el Khalil has been involved in a love/hate relationship with Beirut for the past decade- clearly evident in her work.

el-Khalil is also the co-founder and director of xanadu*, an art space/collective based in Beirut with a small extension in New York city, dedicated to promoting young and/or under-represented artists.

During the July Ô06 Israeli invasion on Lebanon, el Khalil's blog, received international acclaim and was highly publicized on news portals such as CNN and the BBC. Excerpts were published in papers, including The Guardian and Der Spiegel Online

Zena has exhibited her artwork internationally, working out of her studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Beirut. On occasion her Jack Russell Terrier, Tampopo, has been known to accompany her to the studio. She is currently working on her first novel.

Sample Work

Exhibition Tour:
Zena el Khalil
'But, I Can't Let Go'

February 15 - April 5, 2008
Galerie Tanit, Munich
English press text and 8 Images


Exhibition Tour:
Zena el Khalil
Ou Ali Mama3ou Khabar… (And Ali Has No Idea…)”

July 1- August 13, 2010
Espace Kettaneh Kunigk (Tanit), Beirut
13 Images