Nadim Asfar

Artist Biography

Nadim Asfar is a French-Lebanese photographer and video artist. Born in Beirut, in 1976, he lives and works in Paris and Beirut.

His work has been shown at many international institutions and events, including Paris Photo, the New Museum in New York, the Kunst-Werk Institute in Berlin, and the International Documentary Festival in Marseille.

He was appointed the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres distinction by French Ministry of Culture in 2014. His work is part of major international public and private collections.

Nadim Asfar’s early work is characterized by an engagement with the technical and experimental origins of image-making. Whether through the use of techniques such as the photogram—a camera-less technique of inscription on a photo-sensitive surface—or the capturing of the movements of anonymous passers-by, over several years, from the same balcony in Beirut, the artist records the traces that animate and inmate bodies leave in space.

Since 2015, Asfar has been working on an ongoing project entitled The Mountain. The project presents a shift from an engagement with the technical potentialities of the photographic apparatus as such, to a more thematic engagement with landscape as medium and subject. The work approaches the depopulated mountainous Lebanese countryside with the meticulousness a of a land surveyor and the sensibility of a Romantic landscape painter, in an attempt to demystify a landscape at once arid and fertile, long-domesticated as a symbol of nation and tradition in Lebanese painting.

Nadim Asfar is represented by Galerie Tanit Beirut/Munich.

Exhibitions
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Paper Trail
50 years
Collective Exhibition

From November 23, 2022 to December 23, 2022

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PARIS PHOTO 2022

From November 10, 2022 to November 13, 2022

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15 Years, Crossed Perspectives
Collective Exhibition

From November 4, 2022 to January 2, 2023

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I Am One Acquainted With The Night
Collective Exhibition

From June 5, 2021 to September 25, 2021

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Imaginary Cities Chapter II: Beirut as Project
Nadim Asfar

From September 24, 2021 to November 20, 2021

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Where I End and You Begin
Nadim Asfar

From May 31, 2016 to August 5, 2016

Nadim Asfar News
"Now it’s London’s turn! Maison Rabih Kayrouz is opening a two-storey shop on Mount Street, a particularly glossy stretch of Mayfair, on Monday. Its interlocking high-ceilinged parquet-floored rooms will be dedicated to ready-to-wear, couture and bridal collections, while the basement will feature “spontaneous” displays that change regularly; the first will be an exhibition by Lebanese photographer Nadim Asfar."
Nadim Asfar x Rabih Keyrouz
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“La Fabrique des Illusions”
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"February 21 – May 12, 2019 At the Sursock Museum Curated by François Cheval and Yasmine Chemali, La Fabrique des illusions sketches an alternative history of photography, bringing together images from the Fouad Debbas Collection, as well as works by ten contemporary artists: Mac Adams, Nadim Asfar, Vartan Avakian, Elina Brotherus, Daniele Genadry, Randa Mirza, […]"
"Kaph Books puts the accent on Arab artists. Nadim Asfar was signing his two titles: “Hyper Images” and “Habiter Le Jour.”"
Nadim Asfar in the Daily Star
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Nadim Asfar | Expérience de la Montagne
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"During the Beiteddine Art Festival 2018 At The Beiteddine Palace Date: July 12th – August 15th, 2018 More Info"
"Book Signing and exhibition Maison Rabih Kayrouz 38 boulevard Raspail 75007 Pari Friday June 1st – 16:00 till 20:00 Saturday June 2nd & Sunday June 3rd – 12:00 till 18:00 More info"
Nadim Asfar’s “Habiter le Jour”
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