Lara Atallah is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Her practice explores the political dimensions of landscape, probing both the futility and fluidity of borders as manmade constructs. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally and is part of the NYU Langone Collection and the Met Museum, among others. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Camera Austria, Flash Art Italia, Koukash, 128Lit, among others. She is the author of Edge of Elysium, Vol.1 (Open Projects Press, 2019) and Exit signs on a seaside highway (Everybody Press, 2023)


  • Contact: lara.g.atallah [at] gmail [dot] com
  • CV (PDF download here)



Education
MFA Photography, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, USA 
BFA Graphic Design, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Solo Exhibitions
  • The World Is an Island, Home Gallery, New York, NY, 2021
  • A moratorium on looking , Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ, 2019
  • Threshold, ON CANAL, New York, NY, 2018
  • If Walls Could Talk, Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon, 2012

Selected Group Exhibitions
  • Sur la Côte, Point Ephémère, Paris, France, July 2023
  • The earth leaked red ochre, Miriam Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2022
  • To Make is to Stay, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI, 2022
  • ArteEast Legacy Trilogy, New York, NY, 2021
  • Echo Exhibit, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, 2020
  • Watch it burn, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2018
  • Women to the Front, Superchief Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2018
  • Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World, American University Museum Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C, 2018
  • Dense bodies bend solid ground, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, New York, 2018
  • American Workforce, Ray Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2017
  • 10:52, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE, 2016
  • Platform, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
  • Talent Archive, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece, 2015
  • You Art What You Eat, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL, 2015
  • ArtTakes Miami, SCOPE Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL, 2014
  • #IRL In Real Life, Sheila Johnson Gallery, New York, NY, 2014
  • Future Projections, Auckland Festival of Photography, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014
  • INTERVALS, Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2013
  • Align, Atrium Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
  • Beijing Design Week, Beijing, China, 2012
  • PIP,Ping Yao International Photography Festival, Ping Yao, China, 2012
  • Shabab Ayyam, Ayyam Gallery, Al Qoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2011

Public Commissions
  • Sweet Tooth, Antepli Baklava, Bay Ridge SAW, Brooklyn, NY, 2017

Books
  • Exit signs on a seaside highway, Everybody Press, 2023
  • Edge of Elysium, Vol.1, Open Projects Press, September 2019 (artist book edition of 100)

Public Collections
  • Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library, New York, NY
  • NYU Langone Art Collection, New York, NY
  • Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

Awards / Residencies
  • Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI, 2021
  • Trestle Gallery Artist Residency, Brooklyn, NY, 2018
  • Artist on Art Tours Fellowship- OLANA 2018, Olana State Historic Museum, NY, USA,  2018
  • Georgia Fee Residency, Paris, France, 2015
  • Khaled Eid Samawi Scholarship, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2012

Press / Reviews
Bibliography / Print & Web
  • collage : women of the Prix Pictet since 2008 | Gestalten, 2022
  • Arabpop. Rivista di arti e letterature arabe contemporanee | Issue 3 | November 2022
  • Source Material, Humble Arts Foundation | March 2018
  • Tribe Magazine | Issue 6 | March 2018
  • YO-NEWYORK | Issue 4 | September 2017
  • Flat Magazine | Issue 3 | May 2017
  • ArtMaze Magazine | Launch Issue | January 2017
  • Rusted Radishes | Issue 5 | November 2016
  • C41 Magazine | Web feature | October 2016
  • Canvas Magazine | Light | March 2015
  • Musée Magazine | No.10, Volume 2, Ritual | November 2014
  • Arabnews.com | Review | June 2012

Talks / Events

  • Featured Reader @ The Lavender Room Reading Series, Talyor & Co Books, August 2023
  • Featured Reader @ No, Dear Poets Who Love Poets, Brooklyn, NY, August 2023
  • Featured Reader @ Longfellow Books, Portland, ME, July 2023
  • In conversation with Lubna Safi at Owl & Co Books, Oakland, CA, July 2023
  • Featured Reader @ Big Blue Marble Books, Philadelphia, PA, July 2023
  • NYC Cultural Majlis, New York, NY, June 2023
  • Featured Reader @ Kan Ya Makan, Brooklyn, NY, May 2023
  • Featured Reader @ The Parlor Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, May 2023
  • Featured Poet @ Macha Studio Poetry Series, Brooklyn, NY, April 2023
  • Outline, Afikra, October 2021
  • NYC Cultural Majlis, New York, NY,  August 2020
  • New York Photo Salon, School of Visual Arts, January 2016