Artist Talk: Beirut's Maya Chami Presents Of Men, Champagne & Victory Aside and Other Works

Wed, June 18, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Practitioner in Design and Digital Arts Beirut-Based Maya Chami Presents Of Men, Champagne & Victory Aside and Other Works

Maya Chami, an artist in residence at Watermill, comes to New York from Beirut with an invigorating visual portfolio and anecdotal archives to present her work, including Graffiki Art and tongue-in-cheek 'Of Men, Champagne & Victory Aside', in addition to the work in progress she has developed for the Watermill Residency. Maya Chami will also talk about the challenges faced by digital art and design practitioners in Lebanon and the Arab world, and the path she is forging in the ground-breaking medium of new media in the Middle East.

Maya Chami has also been commissioned by Alwan for the Arts to develop a short visual documentary about the aesthetics of the immigrant experience to be presented at the Alwan film festival in November 2014.

A work by Maya Chami will be featured at The Alwan Art Auction 2014


Born in Beirut in 1981, practitioner in graphic design and digital arts Maya Chami obtained a bachelor of science in graphic design from the Lebanese American University. In 2006, she was selected to participate in the UNESCO online masters module on art, design and technology, and in 2011 I completed her masters degree in digital arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She works in graphic design and digital arts on both commissioned and personal projects and has participated in several design and digital arts exhibits and events.

Maya's portfolio of live audio-visual work includes “Transitional Digital Objects” (2011), which explores compositing an autobiography in live cinema; “Of Men, Champagne and Victory Aside" (2012), a live audio-visual presentation, merging laptop-generated visuals and live music in a playful examination into the theme of the ‘victory sign’ in the Arab world, from the 1980s to the present.

Maya Chami Blogspot

Graffiki Art
(graphic interventions in the Arabic language daily newspaper "Assafir")

Maya Chami Vimeo Channel


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Last updated: 2015-05-26 11:31:10

Transitional Digital Objects Project
Transitional Digital Objects Project
Graffiki Art
Graffiki Art "Bomb"
Of Men, Champagne & Victory Aside
Of Men, Champagne & Victory Aside
Of Men, Champagne & Victory Aside
Of Men, Champagne & Victory Aside
Graffiki Art
Graffiki Art "Lazyness"

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