ⓘ Rasha Salti is a researcher, writer, and curator of art and film. She lives and works between Beirut and Berlin. Salti co-curated many film programs at public i ..

                                     

ⓘ Rasha Salti

Rasha Salti is a researcher, writer, and curator of art and film. She lives and works between Beirut and Berlin. Salti co-curated many film programs at public institutions, including ArteEast, Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art in New York, and collaborated with film festivals as a programmer, such as the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2017, she is the commissioning editor for La Lucarne at ArteFrance, a program dedicated to experimental documentary. Her curatorial projects were exhibited at numerous international public institutions, including Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende in Santiago de Chile, the Sursock Museum in Beirut.

                                     

1. Education

Salti grew up in Beirut. She holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York 2000 and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Georgetown University 1992.

                                     

2. Programming and curating

Saltis involvement with film programming started at the Theatre de Beyrouth, an independent cultural space in the post-war Beirut. She organized several cultural events, such as "Image Quest," the first film and video festival in postwar Lebanon with Moukhtar Kocache 1995, "For a Critical Culture," a tribute to Edward Said 1997, "50, Nakba and Resistance," a series of events that commemorated Nakba in Palestine 1998, and two editions of Home Works at Ashkal Alwan.

Between 2004–10, Salti worked as the film programmer and creative director of ArteEast in New York. In 2005, she became the director of CinemaEast Film Festival in New York, focusing on the Middle East, North Africa, and their diasporas. Her projects include 10th Sharjah Biennial co-curated with Suzanne Cotter and Haig Aivazian, Sharjah 2011, Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now co-curated with Jytte Jensen at MoMA, New York 2010–12, and The Road to Damascus co-curated with Richard Peña at the Film Society at Lincoln Center and other venues in Africa and the Middle East 2006–08.

Saltis research-driven practice investigates canons in cultural histories. She is the co-founder with Kristine Khouri of the History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group, a research platform focused on the social history of art in the Arab world. Salti is the co-curator of the exhibition Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the Exhibition of International Art for Palestine Beirut, 1978 with Kristine Khouri, which was hosted at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art MACBA 2015, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin 2016, the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende MSSA in Santiago de Chile 2018, and the Sursock Museum 2018. This project is the result of a decade-long research that explores the artistic networks of international solidarity from Palestine to Chile, South Africa to Japan in the 1960 to the 1980s.

Salti is also the co-curator of the exhibition Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy with Koyo Kouoh, organized at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow in 2015. This research-driven exhibition focuses on three generations of African and Arab filmmakers who studied in the USSR.

                                     

3. Writing

Salti’s articles and essays have appeared in The Jerusalem Quarterly Report, Naqd, MERIP, The London Review of Books, Afterall, and Third Text, as well as several anthologies dedicated to film, art and culture. In 2018, she co-edited with Kristine Khouri, Past Disquiet: Artists, International Solidarity and Museums in Exile, published by the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw. In 2011 and 2012, she acted as the guest-editor of the Manifesta Journal for issues number 14, 15, and 16. In 2010, she co-edited I Would Have Smiled: A Tribute to Myrtle Winter-Chaumeny with Issam Nassar, a book dedicated to the legacy of the founder of the UNRWA. In 2009, she collaborated with photographer Ziad Antar on an exhibition and book titled Beirut Bereft, The Architecture of the Forsaken and Map of the Derelict. In 2006, she edited Insights into Syrian Cinema: Essays and Conversations with Filmmakers ArteEast and Rattapallax Press.

                                     

4. Videos of public talks

Talk: Portrait of the Curator as Platypus: Self-Critical Notes, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong June 2019

Talk: Glossary: Glossary of Common Knowledge: Solidarity, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana June 2017

Talk: Exhibition Histories Talks: Rasha Salti, Afterall, London February 2016

Talk: Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, 1978 with Kristine Khouri, Artists Space, New York September 2015

Talk Film Archives and Ruptured Histories with Koyo Kouoh, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow August 2015

Talk: Shall We Dance? Like It’s No Body’s Business Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw June 2015

Talk: Radical Encounters with Ranjit Hoskote, Former West: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin March 2013

Talk: Sketches for an Alternative Arab Almanac 1989-2013, Former West Research Congresses: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin March 2013

Talk: Shall We Dance?, Former West Congress, Utrecht School of the Arts, Utrecht September 2012

Talk: Framing the Subversive in Post-War Beirut: Critical Considerations for a Social History of the Present, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut 2002