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Biography

Born in Beirut, I emigrated to Britain at the beginning of the Lebanese Civil war. I trained at Camberwell School of Art in Fine Art and at the Slade School of Art (Fine Art/Painting). My work is now mainly lens-based and sometimes combined with text and oral history methods.

I am a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and I am usually working on several personal projects and commissions. I live in London with my partner and twin daughters.

EXHIBITIONS INDIVIDUAL:
2009 - New Photographic Series, SPACE, Portsmouth
1995 University of Portsmouth Gallery, part of the Visual Arts Festival 'As I See It' across Portsmouth
1994 - Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery
1991 - Manchester City Art Gallery : 'Endangered Species'
Gallery K (Joint show with P. Cacoyanis)
1990 - Knapp Gallery, London

EXHIBITIONS COLLECTIVE:
2009 iCrossing, Brighton Photo Fringe '09
2006 Beirut I - Modern Art Oxford (café display) 13 May - 16 July
2003 Collaboration project commissioned by Hannah Redler at The Public in West Bromwich
2002 "Through the Surface", exhibition curated by Ines Amado
BWA Gallery, Lublin, Poland with catalogue sponsored by The British Council
2001/2 Domestic Stories, Touring exhibition curated by Impressions Gallery - Maidstone Library Gallery
'Secrets' curated by David Rees Davies - 28 artists from the UK, Ukraine, Germany and Russia - Meier Van Eijsinga, The Hague,The Netherlands
Open Lens - selected by David Brittain and Susie Medley - Forest Arts, Hampshire
1998 'You don't know me but..' curated by Kate Fowle and Debbie Smith - Toured to De La Ware Pavilion, Bexhill; Winchester Art Gallery and Pitshanger Manor, London.
1995/7 'The Dead', International Touring Exhibition selected by Val Williams and Greg Hobson - National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, UK ;touring to National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen and Saidye Bronfam Centre des Arts, Montreal part of Festival 'Mois de La Photo'
1993 - 'EC Young Painters', British Council Show at the Seoul
Art Center, Korea - Two artists were selected from each EC country
- 'Painting the Earth', John Jones Gallery, London
1995 - University of Portsmouth Staff Show, Portsmouth City Art Gallery
1992 - 'Strains of War', Greenwich Citizens Gallery - curated by Amanda Sebestyen
- 'The Green Book' Show, Bath Art Fair
- 'Flowers', Long and Ryle International Gallery, London
- 'Modern Times', Art from the Manchester City Art Gallery Collection
- 'The Poetry Show', Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
- 'Contemporary Icons', Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
1991 The FIAR International Prize Touring Exhibition :
1993 Rome, Milan, Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York - Ten
British Artists selected by Art Critic Mel Gooding
1991 - 'Art in Boxes', England & Co., London
- 'Soulcatcher', Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
- 'A Friend in Need', Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
New Acquisitions, Unilever Collection, London
1990 - 'Colour Values', St. James Gallery, London
- Leicestershire Collection Exhibition, Beaumanor Hall
- 'Green Environmental Issues', Ikon Touring Show - then toured to ten venues in the Midlands
- 'The Wapping Art Show', Art For Offices, London
- 'Boxes & Totems', England & Co. Gallery, London
- 'The Soul', Diorama Gallery, London
- 'Riverside One' Open Competition, London
- The Broadgate Art Week/Whitechapel Art Gallery
- '101 Years Not Out', Morley College Staff Show
- 'Whitechapel Open', Whitechapel Art Gallery -
Prize for the most outstanding work by artist under 35
1990 - Gallery, Barnsley; Rochdale Art Gallery;Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury; Nottimgham Polytechnic Gallery; South London Gallery and Greenwich Citizens' Gallery

AWARDS & PRIZES

1997 - British Council Travel Grant
1990 'Whitechapel Open' Prize for the most outstanding work by artist under the age of 35
1988 - Royal Overseas League Annual Exhibition '88 -
Joint First Prize with Jake Tilson
1987 Greater London Arts Grant

ARTICLES & REVIEWS
2001 The Guardian : Review by Robert Clark and 'Domestic Stories' twice recommended in The Guide
2001 Metro Review by Seren Boyd
2001 Paradoxa Article by Maria Fernandez : Heart and Hearth : Enduring Domesticity in the work of Leslie Hakim-Dowek
1998 MAKE (May) : Article by Jennifer Walden ( You Don't know..)
1998 Time Out : Review by Mark Currah ( You Don't know..)
1998 Creative Camera : Review by John Gill ( You Don't know..)
1997 Vice (Oct.) : Review by Suroosh Alvi ( The Dead )
1997 HOUR ( Sept.) : Review by L.Catchlove( The Dead )
1995 The Jewish Qly : Double Feature : 'Journey' and 'Landscapes from Memory'
1994 Women's Art M.: Article by Rosemary Betterton
1992 The Guardian : Tim Hilton ( Strains of War )
The Green Book Article by Sister Wendy Beckett
1991 Sunset Radio : Interview by Richard Martineau in french ( M.C.A.G)
Women's Art M.: Article by Vivien Constantinopoulos
Arts Review : Charles Hall ( Art in Boxes )
1991 Arts Review : Mary-Rose Beaumont ( M.C.A.G)
The Guardian : Robert Clark ( M.C.A.G) - recommended in The Collector, The Independent, Daily Telegraph
City Life : Emma Anderson ( M.C.A.G)
1990 CV journal : Interview by Nick Wegner
Arts Review : Peter Davies ( Boxes & Totems )
Sun/Telegraph : Sister Wendy Beckett ( Boxes & Totems )
Time Out : Robert McDonald ( Boxes & Totems )
Time Out : David Lillington ( Whitechapel Open Awards )
1990 City Limits : Amanda Sebestyen ( ALOR )
Time Out : Sue Hubbard ( ALOR )
City Limits : Mark Currah ( Knapp Gallery )
Time Out : Robert McDonald ( Knapp Gallery )
Ham & High : Linda Talbot ( Knapp Gallery )
Artists&Illus.Mag Article by Philip Vann
1988 Arts Review : David Lovely ( Castlefield Gallery )
The Guardian : Robert Clark ( ALOR )
The Economist : Philip Vann ( East End Open Studios )
City Limits : Mark Currah ( Diorama)
1986 City Limits : Mark Currah ( ICAF '86 )

CATALOGUES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS:
Through The Surface, British Council catalogue
'You don't know me but..' catalogue 'The Dead', catalogue with essays by Val Williams, Greg Hobson and Thomas Lynch - published by NMPFT
An Intimate Distance : Women, Artists and The Body' - work featured in book by Rosemary Betterton, published by Routledge in 1996
'Women Artists Slide Library' slide-pack
'EC Young Painters', British Council Publication
Gallery K catalogue
'Along The Lines of Resistance', Cooper Gallery
'Boxes & Totems', England & Co.
'Art in Boxes', England & Co

COLLECTIONS
Works in many Private and Corporate Collections including Unilever and Manchester City Art Gallery