Laetitia El Hakim was born in Byblos, Lebanon in 1993. She is a multidisciplinary artist who studied Architecture (USEK, Lebanon), Photography (NDU, Lebanon), and Dance (Al Sarab Dance School, Lebanon). Laetitia’s practice mainly explores the human experience, moreover the way humans interact with their surroundings. Leaning on her background as an architect she understands the intimate relationship one can establish with one’s land. She is therefore pursuing not only the role the territory plays but also the cultural aspects of what it means, more specifically through the notions of rituals, memories, and history. With photography as her primary medium, she explores socio-political dynamics that affect the way Lebanon and its culture are shaped through an anthropological perspective. Her practice often takes a performative aspect in its execution, oscillating between reality, fiction, the occult and the fantastic. She is part of a photographic duo with Tarek Haddad. Their work has been shown in the collective exhibition “Togetherness” at Galerie Tanit, Lebanon in 2021. She was chosen to take part of a residency at Diaphane pôle photographique x Frac-Picardie, France, as part of the program “NAFAS” launched by the Institut Français du Liban.

Photo credit: © Tarek Haddad, 2021

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