for a simple poetic image, there is no project; a flicker of the soul is all that is needed.
— Gaston Bachelard (The Poetics of Space)
                            

 

 

 

 

Rhea was born in Beirut and grew up between the United States and France. She is currently based in NY where she graduated from the International Center of Photography in 2007 and was the recipient of a director’s scholarship. Her work focuses on documenting domestic and urban environments with an emphasis on public walls and the role they play in our daily lives. The enriching dialogue created around and upon walls allows her to explore various themes such as the aftermath of socio-political change on the urban landscape, history, displacement, identity, communication, censorship, architecture and the environment. Although mainly photographic, her practice also includes paint, silkscreen, wheat pasting and other mediums inspired form street art.

 

 

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 Breathing Walls/Egypt, The Pavilion, Dubai, UAE
  • 2012 Breathing Walls, Foto Freo Festival, Perth, Australia
  • 2011 Breathing Walls/ Lebanon, the Project Space, Third Line Gallery, Dubai UAE

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017 For Freedoms, Aperture Foundation, NY
  • 2017 En Foco Fellowship exhibiton, Andrew Freeman Home, NY
  • 2017 Action at a Distance, Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 2015 Exposure (curated by Kristen Gresh), Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
  • 2015 Fresh Annual, Klompching Gallery
  • 2014 Potpourri #002, Art Factum Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2014 In Transit, Lebanese Consulate of New York, New York
  • 2014 64 Annual Art of the North East, Silvermine Art Center, CT
  • 2014 Summer Show, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai
  • 2014 Electron Salon, LACDA, Los Angeles
  • 2013 'I'll be your mirror' International Center of Photography (ICP), NY
  • 2013 'Open Wounds' exhibition during Art Dubai, Empty Quarter gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • 2012 Ayyam Young Collectors Auction No.13&14, Dubai, UAE
  • 2012 Urban Landscape juried exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography, CO
  • 2011 SHOPPERS on view at the Denver Public Library, CO
  • 2011 Colorado Photographic Arts Center juried show ,Edge gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2010 Human Kind exhibition, part of the NY photo festival,Power House Arena, NY
  • 2010 Slide Show Exhibition and book signing at the Alliance Francaise of New York, NY
  • 2010 Fashion Daze exhibition, commissioned work, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2010 Exhibition and book Launch of BREATHING WALLS, Papercup, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2009 Women in Photography online exhibition, Daily Candy
  • 2009 Texas Photographic Society, one year traveling juried show
  • 2008 Christie's New York, insider's art show, NY, NY
  • 2008 Think Gallery, Group show, NY, NY
  • 2008 Group Show, Mark Hachem gallery, NY, NY
  • 2008 Griffin Museum of Photography, MA, juried show curated by Katherine Ware
  • 2008 Camera Club of New York, NYC, juried show curated by Larry Fink
  • 2007 Light PROOF, International Center of Photography, NY

SELECTED PRESS (Links below)

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • 2017 En Foco Photography Fellowship recepient
  • 2012 Silver eye Fellowship Juror commendation Award
  • 2011 Selected for Review Sante Fe, New Mexico, link
  • 2011 Best of Show at Colorado Photographic Arts Center juried exhibition.
  • 2010 Finalist Photo Lucida 2010.
  • 2009 Semi Finalist in Hyeres Photographic Festival, France.
  • 2008 Nominee at the New York Photo Festival Awards (Fine art category)
  • 2008 Juried competition curated by Larry Fink at the Camera Club of New York, honorable mention
  • 2007 Selected in top RAW 50 photographers by Black Book, NYC
  • 2007 Director's Scholarship, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

EDUCATION

  • 2007 International Center of Photography, Certificate Program, New York, NY
  • 2003 Gobelins, l'Ecole de l'Image, Paris, France, Photography program
  • 2000 Penninghen E.S.A.G. (Ecole Superieure d'Arts Graphiques)