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Portraits is a collaborative project between the artist and an individual, a family, or an institution. The Azouri family showed interest in Nada Sehnaoui’s portrait project and entrusted her, for a period of time, with personal items such as photographs, letters, books, articles, posters, clothes, toys...

Legal Violence

Family laws in Lebanon are still under the jurisdiction of religious courts, regardless of the religion in question. In the case of divorce, the mother usually keeps physical custody of her children until the age of seven for boys and nine for girls...


No Memories

No Memories is the piece constructed with the text 'No Memories' that was sent to Nada Sehnaoui in response to the question: “Do you have a memory of daily life in downtown Beirut before the war?”


Painting The Orient-Le Jour

Every day for the full year of 1999, Nada Sehnaoui reworked and painted over the front page of L’Orient-Le Jour, the only Lebanese Francophone newspaper. Painting the Orient-Le Jour is her first body of work to be exhibited as an installation in an art gallery.


When Reading T.S. Eliot

Sehnaoui's recent work is primarily inspired by the writings of T.S. Eliot. As Eliot's poems articulate the disillusionment of a younger post-World-War-I generation, with the values and conventions-both literary and social-of the Victorian era, Sehnaoui's work articulates and emotes sardonic...



Many years after the Lebanese war started, press and television images of the conflict in former Yugoslavia began to invade Nada Sehnaoui’s life, who at that time lived in Boston. The artist felt that what had ravaged former Yugoslavia was a continuation of the same cycle of turmoil that had destroyed...


Lebanese War Statistics

The seventeen-year-long Lebanese war ended in 1990. Soon after, a short text of statistics was published in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and Le Monde. It read: “150.000 dead, 200.000 wounded, 17.500 disappeared, 3641 car bombs etc.”...


Martyr's Square Revisited

Downtown Beirut is the body of work that was created by Nada Sehnaoui after she visited Martyrs' Square during the interim period after the end of the war and before the start of reconstruction.


War Games

In 1975, Nada Sehnaoui lived with her family in Ashrafieh, a neighborhood of Beirut, and attended school in the nearby neighborhood of Verdun. On the way to school one day, the driver suddenly stopped at Mathaf Street— the street that links the two neighborhoods...