Rasha Kahil

Lebanon, Beirut Galerie Janine Rubeiz

Rasha Kahil (LB, 1980) is a visual artist living and working in London, originally from Beirut, Lebanon. She completed a MA in Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2009. Her projects take the form of photography, text, video and installation. She has exhibited solo and in group shows and art fairs internationally, including in London, Paris, Istanbul, Zurich, Taipei and Beirut.

Kahil is interested in photography in relation to both documentation and performance for the camera and the spectrum of realities that lies in between. Often taking the landscape/urbanscape as a starting point, she oscillates between the memory a place holds, and the significance it takes on once being photographed and trespassed. She uses self-representation and staging as a method of transgression, of reconciliation with Beirut as a city, as a hometown, as a quotidian as well as a means to subvert dominant narratives and gender stereotypes. One of her main areas of research are liminal spaces and she frequently works on the margins of the public and the private and on the blurry line between reality and fiction often in the context of Beirut as a political as well as an intimate city.