Beirut-based curator Christine Tohmé is the founding Director of Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, established in 1993. Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organisation that supports contemporary art through numerous initiatives including the multidisciplinary platform Home Works: A Forum of Cultural Practices, initiated by Tohmé in 2001. Other initiatives include Video Works, a grant and screening platform supporting the development, production and diffusion of projects by artists and filmmakers residing in Lebanon, created in 2006, and Home Workspace Program, a tuition-free, interdisciplinary study programme founded in 2011.
Tohmé was the recipient of a Prince Claus Award in 2006, given in recognition of her achievements in supporting local multidisciplinary art production and art criticism, as well as the 2015 CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. She is on the boards of Marsa (Beirut), a sexual health centre providing specialised medical services for at-risk youth and marginalised communities, and SAHA (Istanbul), an association supporting contemporary art from Turkey. The seventh edition of Home Works opens on November 12, 2015.
(From press information, September 2015.
Photo: Tarek Moukaddem)
Articles related to Christine Tohmé in Nafas Art Magazine:
Home Works Forum 6
Review by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, and photos of the multidisciplinary event in Beirut, 14 - 26 May 2013.
Ashkal Alwan’s art education program: incubator, research hub, living archive and production fund. By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, January 2012
Home Works 5
Lectures, panels, exhibitions, screenings. A review of the Forum on Cultural Practices in Beirut. By Daniel Berndt, May 2010
The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, founded by Christine Tohmé in 1994 in Beirut. By Anne Maier, February 2006
5 parts, Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2017
Exhibitions, programmes, projects in Sharjah, Beirut, Dakar, Ramallah, Istanbul.
Main exhibition and programme in
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates:
10 March - 12 June 2017
Opening programme: 10 - 14 March 2017
President and Director of the
Sharjah Art Foundation: Hoor Al Qasimi
Curator: Christine Tohmé