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.

Fouad created the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation in 1997, and in 2001 introduced video into his repertoire with the film Lettres à Francine to accompany the chiaroscuro-esque photographic series Sombres, with Moving Out (2003) and Welcome to Beirut (2005) to follow. His On Love and War, a series of journal entries spanning the duration of Israel’s onslaught onto 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: Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love? Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia (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 Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (2014); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA (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?, Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris, France (2010); Les peintres de la vie moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Roads Were Open / Roads Were Closed, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2008)

Fouad's works are part of permanent collections including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and Solidere in Beirut.

He currently lives between Paris and Beirut.

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