About

Rola Khayyat is a Lebanese visual artist and curator. In 2016 she graduated with an MFA in photography from Columbia University. Her work explores new dimensions on the representation of war, memory, and identity. Rola has curated shows in Beirut, Thessaloniki, and New York, such as the BEYroute for the third Thessaloniki Bienniale, Lattice Work at the Black and White gallery, and Simmer at Kunstraum LLC. Her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Okk / raum 29, Catalyst Arts Belfast Photo Festival 2013, and the 21st International Istanbul Art Fair (Tuyap). Rola lives and works in NYC.

EDUCATION

2016  

MFA in Visual Arts, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY

2012 

 Workshop Certificate, “Not a thousand words: Photography and Narrative” with Jo Ractliffe, Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria

2008 

Certificate in Contemporary Art, Metafora, International School of Contemporary Art and Art Therapy, Barcelona, Spain

2005 

Diploma in Intensive Drawing, Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy

2003 

Bachelor of Arts, American University of Beirut, Department of History, Beirut, Lebanon

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017

Selkeh W Emneh, Secret Dungeon, Brooklyn, NY

2012

Middle Escapes, Afro Asiatisches Institut, Vienna, Austria

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Berlin in Arabic, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany

Finished Goods Warehouse, curated by Natalie Bell, Pfizer, Brooklyn, NY

Columbia MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Regine Basha, Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, NY

Cross­-Cultural Dialogue: Sino­ American, Javits Center, New York, NY

2015 

First Year MFA Exhibition, The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

2014   

Personal Territories, okk/raum29, Berlin, Germany 

2013   

Open Doors, Forum Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal 

Catalyst Arts Belfast Photo Festival 2013, Love and Death & The Black Box, Belfast, Northern Ireland (June 7 – June 30)

2012 

Summer Show, Alte Saline Hallein, Salzburg Summer Academy 

Carry On Exhibition as part of the Arab Collaboration Project, Artist in Residency at Artellewa, Cairo, Egypt

2011  

21st International Istanbul Art Fair (Tuyap), Neo Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 

BEYroute, Zico House, Beirut, Lebanon 

Roaming Images, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece 

War and Peace, G11 Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

2010 

UFA 3d Mapping Event, Beirut, Lebanon

Photography Show at Falbrook House of the Arts, Falbrook, CA

2009

Rise & Fall BOA Events – Public Assembly, Brooklyn/New York, White Room/Miami, DC9/Washington, Enormous Room/Boston, Tazza Cafe/Providence, The Purple Lounge/The Standard Hollywood, Los Angeles

UAE Images Photography Competition 2009 SIM – Signage, Imaging & Media Exhibition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi

Colors of Life 2009 International Photo Contest, The Gallery Art & Design, Richmond, VA

Personally Political Contemporary Sensation, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

2008 

Free Range, Metafora, Barcelona, Spain

Tera de Ningu, Polidor Centre de Produccio Cultural, Barcelona, Spain

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2011

BEYroute, Roaming Images, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial, Zico House, Beirut, Lebanon & MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece

2016

Simmer, curated by Rola Khayyat and Jiwoon Yoon, Kunstraum, Brooklyn, NY

Lattice Work, curated by Rachel Stern, Alex Strada, Emily Kloppenburg and Rola Khayyat, Black & White Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

2018

Light in Wartime, Apexart, Tribeca, NY

AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2016    

Visual Arts Fellowship, Columbia University, School of the Arts, NY

Apexart’s Unsolicited Exhibition Program (UEP), NY

 
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