vartan avakian an artist based in beirut born in 1977 in byblos, lebanon. he works with video, photography and natural material. avakian studied architecture and urban culture at the universitat pompeu fabra and the centre de cultura contemporània de barcelona, and communication arts at the lebanese american university in beirut. he is a founding member of the art collective atfal ahdath and a member of the arab image foundation. avakian was the recipient of abraaj group art prize in 2013. he is represented by kalfayan galleries, athens-thessaloniki. since 2007, his work has been widely shown around the world including garage museum of contemporary art, moscow (2016), sursock museum, beirut (2015), arts santa mònica, barcelona (2015), mori art museum, tokyo (2012), transmerdiale 2k + 12, berlin, (2012), wallach art gallery, new york (2012), sharjah biennial x (2011), pratt manhattan gallery, new york (2011), south london gallery, (2011), 33rd cinemed, montpellier (2011), home works v, beirut (2010), lexart, los angeles (2010), tokyo wonder site (2009), meeting points 5, beirut (2007).