Chaza Charafeddine

Chaza Charafeddine is an artist and writer. She studied “special education” at La Branche – Centre de formation en pédagogie curative et sociothérapie, Switzerland and “eurhythmy dance” at Eurythmie Schule Hamburg in Germany. After exploring the fields of education and dance for 15 years, she turned to photography and writing. Her photographic works were shown in numerous galleries and artistic venues in Lebanon and abroad. In 2102 Dar Al-Saqi/Beirut has published her first novella Flashback and in 2015 her short-story collection Haqibatun Bilkade Tura.
Born in Lebanon in 1964.
1983–1986 Diploma in curative education from ‘La Branche — Centre de formation en pédagogie curative et sociothérapie’, Savigny and Épalinges – Switzerland
1987–1991 Diploma in Eurythmy Dance from the ‘Eurythmie Schule Hamburg’ – Germany
1992–1994 Dance therapist at ‘La Branche Institute’, Savigny – Switzerland
1996–1997 Dance therapist at ‘Fista’, and Marie Rose Boulos Center, Beirut – Lebanon
1999–2001 Taught body movement at the drama department of the ‘Holy Spirit University Kaslik’ (USEK), Kaslik – Lebanon
2000 Summer Academy with the performance artist ‘Angie Hiesl’ (Cologne), Felix Meritis program at the Amsterdam/Maastricht University, Amsterdam – Netherlands
2002/03 exhibition coordinator at the House of World Cultures (HKW), for the DisORIENTation project, Berlin – Germany
2005 project coordinator for Home Works III, a project by the Lebanese Association for Plastic Ashkal Alwan, Beirut – Lebanon
2006-08 project coordinator at the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut – Lebanon
2017 Artist in Residence at the Center for Arts and Humanities | American University of Beirut, Lebanon

شذا شرف الدين كاتبة وفنانة، بدأت مسيرتها المهنية في مجالي التربية والرقص قبل أن تنتقل إلى التصوير والكتابة. حائزة على ديبلوم في التربية العلاجية من مركز "لا برانش" في سويسرا، وعلى ديبلوم في رقص الأوريتمي من "مدرسة همبورغ للأوريتمي" في ألمانيا. درّست الرقص في بيروت وسويسرا. صدر لها عن دار الساقي في بيروت: "فلاش باك" (نوڤيلا، ٢٠١٢) و"حقيبة بالكاد تُرى" (مجموعة قصصية، ٢٠١٥). بعد ٢١ سنة قضتها في سويسرا ومن ثم في ألمانيا، عادت شذا شرف الدين في ٢٠٠٧ لتعيش وتعمل في بيروت. تمثلها في بيروت غاليري أجيال/صالح بركات، بيروت

Exhibitions

2019 (Nothing) But Flowers, Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut
2019 Performing Gender, Berlin
2019 Out Of Context, Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut
2019 Imagining Utopia - Performing Gender - Identities and Performativity
2018 Maidames, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut (solo)
2018 Face Value: Portraiture | Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut
2016 Jardin d’orient, Institution du Monde Arabe, IMA, Paris,
2016 Aurubba 2200, Imago Mundi
2013 Fot’Aix, 2013, Regards Croisés, Fontaine Obscure, Aix En Provence
2012 Art is the Answer!, Villa Empain, Brussels
2011 Divine Comedy, Högkvarteret Gallery, Stockholm (solo)
2011 Contemporary Istanbul, Etemad Gallery | Dubai, Istanbul
2012 The Unbearable Lightness Of Witnessing, Studies For A Self-Portrait, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut (solo)
2011 Narrative photography, QContemporary, Beirut
2011 Concerning Angels, Janet Rady Fine Art, London
2010 Connecting Heavens, Green Art Gallery, Dubai
2010 FIAC, Paris
2010 Divine Comedy, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut (solo)

Publications

2015 Divine Comedy, Plan Bey, Beirut.
2015 Haqibatun Bilkade Tura, حقيبة بالكاد تُرى (short-story collection), Dar Al-Saqi, Beirut
2012 Flashback, فلاش باك (Novella), Dar Al-Saqi, Beirut
2002 Editor of Bi- Rout, a catalogue for the exhibition: Bi- Rout – Contemporary Art from Beirut

Performances

2014 The Unease Of Michel Samaha: An Intervention In A Court Case, with Roger Outa
2000 Angels, Men and Chickens, a street performance in Hamra Street, Beirut
1999 Alef Noun Alef, Eurythmy-Theater at the ‘Festival International de Danse Contemporaine CASA’ 99’, Casablanca, and at the ‘Théâtre de Beyrouth’, Beirut
1997 Hommage à Heinrich Heine, at the Goethe Institute, Beirut

Curatorial Work

2002 Bi- Rout – Contemporary Art from Beirut, at the Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin
2002 roseroserose, an exhibition by photographer Gilbert Hage at V+A Gallery, Berlin
2001 Crossword, an exhibition by the artist Salah Saouli at the Goethe Institute in Beirut