The Arab Documentary Photography Program - 2019
Gregory Buchakjian is an art historian and interdisciplinary visual artist. A PhD graduate from Université Paris IV Sorbonne, he is the director of the School of Visual Arts at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA). Buchakjian’s research deals with art in Lebanon, focusing on the city and history with publications such as Fouad Elkoury, Passing Time (Beirut, Kaph Books: 2017); Traversées Photographiques, Le journal du Docteur Cottard (Beirut, Arab Image Foundation: 2017); and Seta Manoukian, Painting in Levitation (Beirut, Kaph Books + Saradar Collection: 2018). His exploration of abandoned dwellings and PhD dissertation generated the exhibition Abandoned Dwellings, Display of Systems, at Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2018, curated by Karina El Helou and the book Abandoned Dwellings, A History of Beirut (Beirut, Kaph Books: 2018, Valerie Cachard, ed.). In 2018 as well, his Fragments from the Ridge Line was exhibited as part of the Lebanese pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and his Fragments from the History of Civil Aviation in Lebanon was part of the Works on Paper’s accompanying Cycles of Collapsing Progress exhibition in Tripoli. In 2019, he co-organized the 2nd “Ciné-rencontres” at Alba, “Filming in Times of War, 1975-1990” for which he produced the installation Where do Filmmakers go?