mireille astore (ميراي عيد استوري) is an artist and a writer. she and her parents fled the lebanese civil war and her beloved beirut in 1975 to live in australia. she has a bachelor of science and a studio and theory phd in contemporary arts titled missing lebanon: art and autobiography. her artworks have been exhibited in over twenty countries and she has given a number of performances and public lectures internationally. she is currently adjunct lecturer at sydney college of the arts, the visual arts faculty of the university of sydney and research affiliate at the american university of beirut. she is the recipient of the prestigious australian government 2011 endeavour research fellowship award.