Fadia Ahmad (born 1975) is a Spanish-Lebanese photographer, artist, and filmmaker.
Her practice focuses largely on creating narratives through her photography. She has created several series of portraits and landscapes, particularly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Engaged in humanitarian issues, she released two series of photographs and films about refugees in Lebanon entitled It Could Be You.
In 2002, she began the Beyrouth | Beirut series an homage to the urban environment, complex demographics, and nostalgic architecture of Lebanon’s capital. Beyrouth | Beirut was originally intended as a traveling exhibition. Its first destination was Beit Beirut in 2019, a historic house museum built in 1924 located on the historic Green Line (Lebanon) which separated East and West Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War. The exhibition was later staged at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman.
In August 2021, Fadia Ahmad was a judge on Season 2 of the World Art Collector Incubator, a series dedicated to Lebanese artists launched on YouTube. The mission statement of the program aims to highlight and promote both established and promising artists.
Beirut, the Aftermath, Fadia Ahmad’s first feature documentary film was launched in 2021 where she seeks to portray the aftermath of the explosion that shook Lebanon to its core. The film was selected in many film festivals, won several awards.
In 2022, Fadia Ahmad was featured in the Larousse (France) as one of the 50 most influential women contemporary artists worldwide.
50 Shades of Blue, a photography exhibit was the highlight in February 2023, where it features the ways in which the color blue is used to evoke mood and atmosphere, from serene landscapes to dynamic cityscapes.
Some Photography Participations and Exhibits:
– 50 Shades of Blue exhibition, February 2023 , Lebanese American University in Beirut
– ‘Dessine-moi un cèdre’: Hymne Au Liban’ Exhibition, November 25 to 27, Galerie Modus,
-From Peoria to Lebanon Exhibition and Screening, November 30, 2021 to January 9,
2022, Peoria Riverfront Museum.
-Rencontres De la Photographie ARLES (53rd Edition) exhibit and book signing 2022
-Judge of Season 2 of World Art Collector Incubator,2021.
– “When life hangs by a thread” exhibit in Paris with Festival Libanais de France
-“When life hangs by a thread”, Closing Exhibition, March 1 to 31, Expo 2020 Dubai.
-Judge of Season 1 of World Art Collector Incubator,2020.
–Beit Beyrout Museum solo exhibit Fadia Ahmad photography 2019
-Beirut Art Fair photography participation exhibit 2018
-Collective Exhibit « The Urban Experience », Artual Gallery, Beyrouth 208
Filmography for Beirut, The Aftermath:
Selected Festivals in 2022
Lebanese Film Festival Australia (Sydney)
La Femme International Film Festival (California)
Lebanese Independent Film Festival (Beirut),
Socially Relevant Film Festival NY (New York) in collaboration with LAU NY
Aarhus Arab Film Festival (Denmark),
Argenteuil International Film Festival (France)
FICOCC five continents (Venezuela)
Rabat International Film Festival (Morocco)
Lebanese Film Festival in Canada (Montreal/Ottawa)
Arab Women Artists Now Festival, AWAN (UK, London)
Festival Film Libanais screening and exhibit when Life hangs by a Thread (France)
Best Documentary, Best Female Director and Best Mention Production with FICOCC five continents Venezuela
-2nd place short film category at the Lebanese Film Festival in Canada
-Best Feature Documentary at the Argenteuil International Film Festival
Educational and private Screenings in 2021-2023:
-From Peoria to Lebanon screening
-Saint Joseph University Beirut
-Duke University (US, North Carolina)
-Princeton University (New Jersey)
-Saint Andrews University (UK, Scotland)
-Arab Women Artists Now Festival, Awan special screening and book signing (UK,