Amanda Abi Khalil (Lebanon) is an independent art curator based in Beirut. She has been focusing her curatorial projects on socially engaged practices and exhibitions that critically address modes of production and exhibition in the art world today. She is the founder of Temporary Art Platform, a curatorial platform that aims to shift artistic and curatorial discourse towards social and contextual concerns in Lebanon through residencies, research projects and public art commissions. Abi Khalil lectures in curating and sociology of arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and the Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut.
During her short residency at Delfina Foundation, Amanda will use the curatorial research started during the summer 2017 in Brazil, which was triggered by an invitation of both Goethe institutes in Rio de Janeiro and Beirut, to work on an exhibition proposal, taking as a starting point the effects of migratory movements of the twentieth century in and between both countries. Amanda will contribute to Delfina Foundation’s thematic programme Collecting as Practice through her interest in rethinking the vocabularies and methods of collecting contemporary art to encompass social practices, contextual art commissions, site-specific works and ephemeral art interventions.
Amanda is currently involved in curating: three permanent public art commissions for Art Dubai’s AIR 2017 program (with artists Chafa Ghaddar, Zeinab Al Hashemi and Shaikha Al Mazrou); six permanent site-specific commissions for a private hospital in Beirut (AUBMC) using participatory and contextual approach for art in healthcare (with artists Lara Tabet, Hatem Imam, Sharif Sehnaoui & Nadim Mechlaoui, Catherine Cattaruzza, Rayya Badran & Zeina Badran; and an audio-guide project with artist Annabel Daou and the people of Beirut for the National Museum of Beirut commissioned by BeMA.
Amanda’s latest exhibitions include: When all seemingly stands still, GreyNoise, Dubai; White cube literally, Isabelle Van den Eynde, Dubai; Dust (co-curated with Anna Ptak), CCA Warsaw – Ujazdowski Castle; Simple past Perfect futures, Centquatre, Paris. She was a nominee of the 2016 ICI’s independent vision curatorial award.