STREET PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION JURY MEMBERS
The work of Pascal Hachem involves displacing actions as well. They are real actions, not videos, performed either by the artist himself or by objects that he sets up. He is inspired by aspects of everyday life in the city, which tend to contextualise his way of thinking so that they influence his work in an unconscious way that he cannot escape. He does not impose any set of rules upon himself, but rather is prompted by nothing but a single impressionable moment, to produce. As a result, he has a varied catalogue of work using various mediums, including his own body and elements and forms of everyday life.
Mary McKone has been teaching internationally in the region for the past 27 years. She is currently teaching Digital Photography and IB Art at the American Community School at Beirut. She introduced digital photography into the arts program at ACS several years ago, where it has become one of the most popular art courses offered at the High School. She has also taught digital photography in the University for Seniors program at AUB, leading seminars and workshops. Mary was originally trained as a ceramicist but has worked in a variety of artistic media including photography, paper making and more recently encaustic.
Walid Sadek is an artist and writer. His early work investigates the familial legacies of the Lebanese civil war. Later he began to posit, mostly in theoretical texts, ways of understanding the complexity of lingering civil strife in times of relative social and economic stability. His later written work endeavors to structure a theory for a post-war society disinclined to resume normative living. More recently, his artworks and written texts begin to propose a poetics for a sociality governed by the logic of a protracted civil war and search for a critical temporality to challenge that same protractedness. He is associate professor at the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut.
Ghada waked, lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts at USEK and at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, ALBA University of Balamand. She is the president of BIB, Beirut’s Biennial for the Image, founder of ALBEDO CREATIVE PLATFORM and BAYTI ANA BAYTAK. Ghada Waked’s research focuses on the image, its issues and its territories. Ethics v/s Aesthetics is the scrutiny that Ghada Waked leads in her research for example ‘Traveling for photography; Around the work of Ré Soupault’ (2004). Post-war and the city's restructuring are at the heart of many notes. Between 2010 and 2013 she conceptualizes the monstrosity of the systems in various publications ‘Text & Image: a trip up’, ‘Art and Image Generating techniques’ and ‘la lecture à hauteur d’écriture’. The network age, issues of contemporary art and media, remain her major concern. Her last publications are ‘Peut-on plagier une image acheiropoïète? Un essai sur le virtuel’, and ‘Ghada Waked commented on an image you’re tagged in’ (June 2015).
Steve Wanna (www.stevewanna.com) is a Lebanese-American sound and visual artist. Trained in music composition, Wanna takes a consistently experimental approach to all his work. His music integrates traditional and non-traditional instruments, often with fixed and/or interactive electronics. Language and graphics often displace standard notation, asking performers to reframe their approach to their instruments and to music in general, and making them true collaborators in the creative process. Wanna's music has enjoyed national and international performances at numerous festivals and conferences (ICMC, NYCEMF, SEAMUS, SCI). In 2007, his work Abeyance won the 1st Annual Ossia International Composition Prize and was premiered by members of the group in 2008. Wanna’s visual work utilizes various media and includes flatwork, sculpture, installations, and photography. In 2014 he had his first solo exhibit at the doris-mae gallery in Washington, DC, which featured sound, video, photography, and sculpture centering on our intersection with the hidden world created by shadows.