Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi is internationally recognized for her multidisciplinary work. In her investigations into myths, archives, personal histories and socio-political narratives, Baladi makes use of a wide range of mediums including architecture, installations, photography, collage, tapestry, perfume and sculpture.
Borg el Amal (Tower of Hope), Baladi’s ephemeral construction and sound installation, won the first prize at the 2008-09 Cairo International Contemporary Art Biennale. For Ukraine’s 2012 first Contemporary Art Biennial, she collaborated with the Kiev Kamera Orchestra to play live the Donkey Symphony —Borg El Amal’s sound component.
In 2006, Baladi founded the artist residency Fenenin el Rehal (Nomadic Artists) in Egypt’s White Desert. During the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath, Baladi co-founded two media initiatives, Tahrir Cinema and Radio Tahrir, the first free Egyptian online radio.
She has been an artist in residency at the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire, 2015), Art Omi International Arts Center (Hudson, New York, 2014) and VASL (Karachi, Pakistan, 2010) among other places. In 2003, she received a fellowship from the Japan Foundation to research anime.
In 2014, Baladi received a Fellowship from MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. For the 2015-16 academic year, she is the Ida Ely Artist in Residence at MIT’s Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST) and a lecturer in MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) program.
Baladi is on the board of directors of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) since it’s creation in 1997 (Beirut, Lebanon), of the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art and of R-Shief, a web-based archive and media system since 2014.