Bassem Saad is an artist/writer born on 9/11 and trained in architecture. His work deals with future visualization and simulation, queer fear, identity-based space and knowledge production, and market exchanges and/or interfaces that include affect, bodily pleasure, and care.

 
 

EDUCATION

Resident fellowship at Home Workspace Program
2018-2019
Ashkal Alwan / Beirut, Lebanon

Bachelor of Architecture (2017) at the Lebanese American University  
2012-2017
Beirut, Lebanon

Ecole Speciale d'Architecture
February - June 2016
Paris, France

 

RESIDENCY

EXHIBITIONS /
SCREENINGS

Web Residency: Planetary Glitch by Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM
Curated by Mary Maggic / February 2019

Saint-rise: I Am A Grain of Wheat in Videobox x Le Syndicat Magnifique
Le Carreau du Temple / Paris, France / September 2018

in Inner Space / Outer Space
RIU + Le Citta' Visibili / Ex-Macello / Rimini, Italy / July 2018

in Immaterial Collection II: Evolving Icons
Screening + conversation with curator Joy Stacey
Beirut Art Center / June 2018


deLINK-when(?) in Institute of Patent Infringement at London Design Festival
V&A Design Museum / London, UK / September 2018

in Insitute of Patent Infringement at WORK, BODY, LEISURE
Dutch Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2018 / Venice, Italy / May 2018


Alphabet Dust (Double U, Not You You) in Akira Takayama's Beirut Heterotopia
with Jessika Khazrik / Zico House / Beirut, Lebanon / October 2017
Sharjah Biennial 13 Act

 
 

LECTURES / TALKS / PERFORMANCES

This Ritual I Wish You Could See (Render and file) (upcoming)
with Edwin Nasr / ACAW Field Meeting Take 6
Alserkal Avenue / Dubai, UAE / January 2019

This Ritual I Wish You Could See: Communitarian Futurism in the Rendered Image
with Edwin Nasr / Rendering Graduate Student Conference
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts / Harvard University VES
Cambridge, MA / April 2018

 
 

ARTICLES /
PUBLICATIONS

syringe spindle scepter
SYLA Journal / January 2019

On Tarek Moukaddem and Omarivs Ioseph Filivs Dinae's Collaborative Work
invited review article with Edwin Nasr / ArteEast / November 2017

Dissenting Departed Polity: Life, Death, and Art in the Extrastate (thesis)
Lebanese American University, School of Architecture and Design / June 2017

The 5m² Maid’s Room: Lebanon’s Racist, Gendered Architecture
FailedArchitecture, Jadaliyya / November 2016

 
 

EMPLOYMENt / vOLUNTEERING

Video editing and English language instructor at Migrant Community Center
June 2018 to present

Communications coordinator at Beirut Art Center
January - December 2018

Artist assistant to Akram Zaatari
February 2018 to present

Delegation member at Lebanese Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennial 2018
November 2017 - May 2018

Rendering and visualization specialist
Freelance, ongoing

+more in the fields of architectural design, graphic design, editing, copy-writing, and translation.

 

AWARDS / grants

Highest Grade Point Average Award at Lebanese American University
June 2015

Full-tuition Merit scholarship at Lebanese American University
2012-2017