Director of the School of Visual Arts at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts-Alba, Gregory Buchakjian is an art historian and interdisciplinary visual artist. His exploration of abandoned dwellings led to a PhD dissertation at Sorbonne Université (2016), solo exhibitions at Sursock Museum, Beirut (2018) and Villa Empain, Brussels (2019) and the publication Abandoned Dwellings, A History of Beirut (Beirut, Kaph Books: 2018). Showcased in the first Lebanese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, he co-organized the 2nd Alba Cinema Encounters “Filming in Times of War, 1975-1990” (2019) for which he produced the installation Where do Filmmakers go?
He was member of the advisory committee of the Saradar Collection (2012-2019) and took part in juries including Sursock Museum Salon d’Automne (2009), Boghossian Prize (2012), Beirut Art Center Exposure (2013), Beirut Art Residency (2017) and Arab Documentary Photography Program (2019).
Photo credit: Myriam Boulos