Photo by Shereen Amarin


In his documentation of an unrenovated downtown Amman through its homeless, eccentric and functionally insane inhabitants, audiovisual artist Laith Demashqieh explores the flexible and often contested boundaries between sanity and insanity. He also researches traditional gestures and images associated with Middle Eastern magic that resonate with his artistic practice. In addition, through field recordings, he works with sound as a medium and object of study, independent of text and image.

Exhibitions and presentations of his work include Ephemeral Territories, The Lab, Darat Al Funun, Amman (2019); Rabbit Moon (as part of Assembli), Boom Room, Amman (2018); Prototype 1 (in collaboration with Sahel Al Hiyari), Amman Design Week, Turbo, Amman (2016); Moveable Feast No. 1, Dar Al Anda, Amman (2016) and Imagined Worlds in Text and Image: A Matter of Life and Death, Spring Sessions, Amman (2014).

He has been the recipient of grants such as the Darat Al Funun Dissertation Fellowship, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman (2019) and the International Cultural Exchange Grant, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Amman (2012). He has also participated in the Spring Sessions Art Residency Program, Amman (2013).

Demashqieh earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from the SAE Institute, Amman (2010). He was born in 1986 in Amman, where he continues to live and work.

SAF participation:
Ma3azef Symposium on Arabic Music (2019)
Re ǀ sound III (2019)

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