Fouad Elkoury

Fouad Elkoury has been at the forefront of photographic practices in Lebanon and the wider Middle East. In 1982, he covered the Israeli invasion of Beirut and in 1984 published Beyrouth Aller-Retour, a book documenting the bomb-shocked city - a prelude to his sophomore project Beirut City Centre in 1991, and ignited a distinguished bibliography, which continues to this day. He created the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation in 1997. Fouad’s On Love and War, a series of journal entries spanning the duration of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in August 2006 was shown in Lebanon’s first National Pavilion in the Venice Biennale of 2007.

Fouad has enjoyed numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally including: Suite Egyptienne, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2017); Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors, MAXXI, Roma, Italy (2017); NO TO THE INVASION: BREAKDOWNS AND SIDE EFFECTS, CSS Bard Galleries, New York, USA (2017); Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia (2016); Do It, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2016); Migrantes en el arte contemporáneo (Migrants in Contemporary Art), CAC-Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015); The Lost Empire, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE, (2014); Le Plus Beau Jour, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (2014); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA (2014); Songs of Loss and Songs of Love: Lee Nan-Young and Oum Kulthoum, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014); The Sea is my Land, MAXXi, Rome, Italy (2013); Roundatable, 9th Gwanju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); Be....longing, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2011); What Happened to my Dreams?, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai (2009); On war and love, 52nd Venice Biennale (Lebanese Pavilion), (2007); Les peintres de la vie moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Civilisation (fake = real?), The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2006); Civilisation, fake = real ?, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (2005); Un si proche Orient, Le Capitole, Arles, France (1998); Palestine, l'envers du miroir, Centre de la Photographie, Geneva, Switzerland (1996); Djibouti, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (1988)

Fouad's works are part of permanent collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris France, Solidere, Beirut, Lebanon and Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.

He currently lives between Paris and Beirut.

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