La Fabrique des illusions: Curator's Tour
Thursday 21 March, 18:00 to 19:00
Charles Lallemand, Ludovico HartChristian woman from Zouk Mikael (northern Lebanon) smoking the arguileh and making coffee on the terrace of a house (detail)Circa 1863-1865Albumen print from glass negative, heightened with paint, and mounted on cardboard29 x 22.5 cmThe Fouad Debbas Collection / Sursock Museum
Join curators François Cheval and Yasmine Chemali for a tour of La Fabrique des illusions : Collection Fouad Debbas et commentaires contemporains, exploring the main themes and ideas behind the exhibition.
On 21 March, the tour will be led by Yasmine Chemali.
François Cheval studied history and ethnology, and has worked as a museum curator since 1982. From 1996 to 2016, he was the director of the musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône. In the projects he undertakes outside museums, he continues his activity as artistic director (he is founder of the BMW residency and the HSBC Photography Prize), as well as exhibition curator (Mucem for Marseille-Provence 2013, the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, PhotoExpaña, Rencontres d’Arles, etc.). Cheval is the co-founder and co-director of the Lianzhou Museum of Photography, the first public museum in China to be devoted to photography. Together with Audrey Hoareau he co-founded the Red Eye, a platform that supports international projects devoted to photography.
Yasmine Chemali is the Head of Collections at the Sursock Museum. Since 2011, she has also been responsible for the Fouad Debbas Collection, a unique collection of nearly 30,000 images produced in the Middle East between 1830 and the 1950s – the subject of three exhibitions annually in the Sursock Museum and of various research projects. Having trained in conservation at the École du Louvre, specialising in Islamic arts, Chemali focuses on the preventive conservation of the objects in her care, while also seeking to make them accessible to the general public.