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Nadine Abou Zaki

Nadine Abou Zaki is a lecturer in Philosophy at the American University of Beirut and has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV.

She is the Founder & President of Red Oak Association.

She was trained at the sculpting studios of the artists Aref Rayess, Mona Saoudi and Sami Rifai.

Solo Exhibitions & Interactive Art Performances & Initiatives 

2018- The Diary of a Mulberry Tree, Theater & dance Performance, Hammana Artist House- Lebanon

2018- “Doors. Please Touch”, A Project to open doors of museums in Lebanon to the blinds and visually-impaired, in partnership with the Omero National Museum of Italy and the National Museum of Beirut

2017- The Diary of a Mulberry Tree,Theater & dance Performance, Al Madina Theater, Beirut

2017- Up-cycling for Hope, A street Art Project in partenrship with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Lebanese Ministry of Education, Lebanon

2016- Please don't touch the Trash, Interactive Art Performance, BIPOD (Beirut International Platform of Dance), Al-Madina Theatre, Beirut

2016- Please don't touch, Interactive Art Performance, Waste pop-up shop, Saifi village, Beirut

2015- Please don't touch, Interactive Art Performance, Beirut Art Fair, Beirut

2014- Please don't touch, Interactive Sculptural Performance, Agial Gallery - Station, Beirut

2008 - Et je m’envole (And I fly off), Sculpture exhibition, Surface Libre, Beirut
2004 - L’Un regarde, l’autre agit (One contemplates, the other acts), Sculpture exhibition, Espace SD, Beirut
2002 - Tours du silence (Towers of Silence), Sculpture exhibition, Espace SD, Beirut

Collective Exhibitions

2018- Artbooks & Modern sculptures, a collective exhibition organized by MACAM & "La Fondation Libanaise de la Bibliotheque Nationale", SV Gallery, Saifi Village- Lebanon

2017 - Imago Mundi, Fondazione Luciano Benetton- Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo at Zisa - Palermo   

2013-2016 - MACAM Modern & Contemporary Art Museum- Lebanon

2014 - SV Gallery, Saifi village, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 - Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon
2011-2012 - Afaq exhibition, Saifi village, Beirut, Lebanon
2009-2011 - Art Book Festival, UNESCO, Beirut, Lebanon
2009 - Represented Lebanon for sculpture at the 6th Francophone Games (Jeux de la Francophonie), Beirut, Lebanon
2008 - Emaar International Sculpture Symposium, Dubai, UAE
2005 - Represented Lebanon for sculpture at the 5th Francophone Games (Jeux de la Francophonie), Niger
2004 - XXIVème Salon d’Automne, Sursock Museum, Lebanon
2003 - Sculpture in Lebanon, UNESCO, Lebanon
2003 - Mechref Sculpture Symposium, Lebanon
2001 - Across Lebanon, Lebanon
2001 - Dialogue des cultures, Espace SD, Lebanon
1999-2002 - Aley International Sculpture Symposium, Lebanon

Public Monuments

2015 - Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Sanayeh Street, Beirut
2010 - Le Jardin du dialogue (The Garden of Dialogue)- Five sculptures in stone conceived and realized at the occasion of Beirut World Book Capital, Installed in front of the French Embassy, Damascus Street, Beirut.

2009 - Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Sanayeh Street, Beirut

2008- Emaar, Dubai

2002 - Ministry of Tourism and Information, Hamra Street, Beirut


2016 - Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes academiques (Order of the French Academic Palms), Ministry of the French National Education, France 

2009 - The 4th International Secular Award (Prix International de la laïcité), Le comité de la Laicité Républicaine, Paris City Hall, France
2009 - Featured in “Who Is She in Lebanon”, the online database with profiles of prominent contemporary Lebanese women of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University (LAU)
2000 - The first international poetry prize on the occasion of the United Cities of the World, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Published Books

2018- Le Journal d'un mûrier (edition bilingue français-arabe), L'Harmattan, Paris

2017- Min Imra'a ila rajol (From Woman to Man), Dar al-Farabi, Beirut

2015 - L'homme terrible de la ville, Nazih Khater: témoin, acteur et inspirateur de la vie culturelle de Beyrouth de 1960 à 2014, (The Terrible Man in Town), L’Harmattan, Paris
2015 - Nazih Khater joumhouriyyat al-aada' (Nazih Khater, The Republic of Enemies), An-Nahar, Beirut
2014 - De femme à homme, Sur la condition féminine, Récits et correspondances avec Pierre-Marie Hasse (From Woman to Man)- Marsam, Second edition, Morocco
2012 - De femme à homme, Sur l’actuel féminin, Récits et correspondances avec Pierre-Marie Hasse (From Woman to Man, On the feminine now, Talks and correspondance with Pierre-Marie Hasse)- L’Harmattan, Paris
2010 - Le Lieu et le corps, Du lieu délocalisé à la perte du corps : vers la dé-mondialisation /Al Makan wal Jasad (Place and Body, From Delocalized Place to Bodilesness: Toward Deglobalization)- L’Harmattan, Paris
2006 - Introduction aux Épîtres de la Sagesse, L’ésotérisme druze à la lumière de la doctrine de Çankara (An Introduction to the Epistles of Wisdom : Druze Esotericism in Light of the Çankara's Doctrine - L’Harmattan, Paris

Published Papers

2018- The Notion of Creation in the Druze Faith, in Philosophy East and West (2017), University of Hawai'i Press SN, Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/pew.0.0150

2017- Nature, Liberté et Vérité dans le journal de Thoreau, in Amiel et le journal philosophique, Éditions de l’USJ

2016- Le retour des morts, in IEMed publication on "Memory and Storytelling", Barcelona

Speaker in International Conferences

2016 - A talk about "Nature, Freedom and Truth in Thoreau's Journal", St Jospeh University, Beirut, Lebanon.  

2016 - A talk about "Creation and Tawhid", American University of Beirut, Lebanon

2015 - A talk about "Nazih Khater: The terrible Man in Town", American University of Beirut, Lebanon
2015 - A debate about the book “De femme à homme” (From Woman to Man), moderated by Fatema Mernissi at Marsam Gallery and Editions, Rabat, Morocco
2013 - “A Women’s Uprising: Emancipation in the Arab World”, Discussion at the KorberForum, moderated by TV presenter Minou Amir-Sehhi, Hamburg, Germany
2013 - “The New Arab Woman Forum: The Transforming Role of Arab Women and its Future Impact on Society”, A paper presented at the German-Arab Friendship Association (DAFG), Berlin, Germany
2013 - “Plato and Feminism”, paper presented during the “Philosophical symposium on Socrates- True Wisdom” Hellenic Cultural Center, Lebanon
2012 - A debate about the book “De femme à homme” (From Woman to Man), moderated by François Zabbal at the Arab World Institute, Paris, France
2008 - “Voices of Karama: a panel discussion with women’s activists from the Middle-East”, V-Day to the Tenth, New Orleans, USA
2008 - Transmission des cultures et du dialogue interculturel à travers le rôle de la femme (The role of Women in the Transmission of Cultures and Intercultural Dialogue), UNESCO, Paris, France
2008 - Love in Digital Islam, hosted by the writer and feminist Fatema Mernissi at the Cultural Center of Asturias, Spain
2006 - “Women in Conflict Zones”, V-Day Festival, New York, USA
2005 - “New Media for a New Arab Woman”, A paper presented during the conference “Women, Dissidence and Creativity” organized by Nawal El Saadawi, Cairo, Egypt