Born in Beirut, Joanna Abou Sleiman-Chevalier has graduated in Political Sciences from the American University of Paris. Afterwards she built her experience through various projects, such as artist management and cultural consulting. She has been an artistic director for Ernst & Young as well as an independent curator in both Paris and Beirut. As the latter she presented projects in Paris notably at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton with the exhibition “Who are you Peter” (2010) and for international events such as the Nuit Blanche with the installations “La Mer” by Ange Leccia and “L’Homme d’Eau” by Patrick Corillon (2012). In Lebanon she curated the exhibition “Heartland – Territoire d’Affects”, presented at the Beirut Exhibition Center (2015) and “Michel Deverne” in partnership with PIASA at Over the Counter (2016). During the 2018 edition of the fair, Joanna has been a Special Advisor for contemporary art and a selection committee member.
“As the new artistic director I am focusing on contemporary art and mainly the emerging scene. 2018 welcomed 53 galleries from 22 countries. For the 10th edition, we are planning to broaden our horizons and present a wide panel of artists, notably with a focus on the African continent and so much more. The fair will be coming out of its walls and invest the city for an original project we will announce soon…
BEIRUT ART FAIR offers a great outreach opportunity. The fair brings an ever-growing crowd of international visitors to the city and also to the cultural institutions. This year again our VIP program, is going to be filled with amazing activities, as we are collaborating with museums, foundations, private collections and artists’ studios.We cannot wait to share with you everything we are working on for BEIRUT ART FAIR 10th anniversary edition. See you in Beirut!”
Joanna Abou Sleiman-Chevalier