Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh studied history, photography and visual anthropology in Paris. In 2018, she received her PhD from the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2008, she is a member of the Arab Image Foundation. She combines research, conversational, image and (meta)archival practices with long-term involvement to reflect on the agency of photographs and notions of collectivity and power.
One of her long-term projects explores the impossibilities of representation, through a negotiation process around a potential digital archive assembled in collaboration with inhabitants of Burj al-Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp near Tyr, Lebanon.
‘Possible and Imaginary Lives’ is the story of four strong and feisty women, exiled to the four corners of the earth; four Palestinian-Lebanese sisters who have travelled through the history of the twentieth century. It is a story somewhere between documentary and delusion, biography and drama, based on family photographs and taped interviews — a narrative of both actual and imagined events. The work was developed between 2012 and 2016 together with Rozenn Quéré.
Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh is an invited AMA artist at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum (RJM).