David Knaus has been involved in the visual arts as a patron, collector, curator and Musuem Director since the late 1980’s. His photography collection, broad in scope, includes works of photography and new media from the 19th through to the 21st Century and is comprised of over 1,500 objects. Knaus regularly lends and frequently donates objects from his collection to various museums around the world.
He was a founding member of the J. Paul Getty Museum Photographs Council. As well, he is a member of Tate Modern’s Photography Collection Council. In April 2012 he become a founding member of the Photography Initiative at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. As well he has had a long-term interest in and active participation in placing photographers archives at various institutions including the Center for Creative Photography, Stanford University and The Getty Research Institute. In 2012 he started The Ranch Projects, (theranchprojects.org) which supports both arts publishing and site-specific installations on a 10-acre site in the high desert near Palm Springs, California. The common thread in Knaus’ involvement in all these institutions and organizations is their education and scholarship-centric programming.
David also serves on the board of Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites foundation and his private collection has been broadening to include non-photography-based works of contemporary art. In Late 2011 he became the Managing Director of the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts in Morocco (mmpva.org) He was instrumental in forging the first of its kind private-public partnership between the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and the Museum to establish MMP+ at the historic 12th Century Badii Palace in Marrakech’s old medina.
Cristina Menegazzi has been working for more than twenty-five years in the field of cultural heritage, with a focus on collections conservation/preservation, museum practices, project design, policies and strategic research, cultural planning, teams and projects management, and fund raising.
She has a PhD in Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage at the University of Viterbo-Rome, Italy (2010); a M.S. in Preventive Conservation at the Sorbonne University in Paris (1996); an International Master Degree in Management and Conservation (Museums) at the French State school, Institut National du Patrimoine (1994); a M.A. in Contemporary Art and a B.A. in Art History at the University of Bologna, Italy (1991).
She worked four years at the Biennale di Venezia as a research and editorial specialist, five years as a conservation/preservation specialist at ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), ten years at ICOM (International Council of Museums) in charge of programmes world wide on cultural heritage protection, restoration and conservation, disaster risk management, cultural tourism, use of new technologies, illicit traffic of cultural heritage, intangible heritage and others. She was responsible for setting up ICOM’s long term Museums Emergency Programme (MEP).
She works with UNESCO since 2010. She has been Consultant in Disaster Risk Management for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO and has been the Coordinator of the Second UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries in 2010 and 2011. She was in charge of a special project at UNESCO World Heritage Centre for the preservation of the World Heritage site of Pompeii in 2012 and 2013. She contributed to the UN/World Bank/European Union Strategy for post disaster needs assessment (PDNA). She is currently in charge of the European Union funded programme on the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage, based au UNESCO Beirut office.
She has an intense consultancy and academic activity in teaching Preventive Conservation, Disaster Risk Management, Museology, Museum Management, International Project Management and Fund Raising, at many Institutions and Universities in Europe (Milan, Turin, Barcelona, Paris, Nice…), at the French Institut National du Patrimoine, at the Institut Euro-Méditerranéen en Science du Risque, at the French Institut national de l’audiovisuel, at the IBRAM (Institute for Museums in Brazil), for the African World Heritage Foundation and at Lebanese Universities.
She is a member of the French Committee of ICOMOS (International Committee on Monuments and Sites) and expert member of its International Scientific Committee for Risk Preparedness (ICORP); of the French Committee of ICOM and its International Committee for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP); of the French Committee of the Blue Shield (CFBB); of the Italian Commissione Grandi Rischi; of the Pool of Experts of the European Museum Academy
Clémence Cottard Hachem
Clémence Cottard Hachem
Head of Collections at The Arab Image Foundation
Clémence Cottard Hachem is the Head of Collections at the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut. She holds an M. A. in Fine Arts, Philosophy of Art from the University of Paris I La Sorbonne and an M.A. in Curatorial Studies and Art Criticism from the USJ.
Specialized in 19th-century’s photographic techniques, her research focuses on the reception of images produced at that time. While working on issues related to digitization and reproductivity of such photographic materials, Cottard extended her scope of research to digital practices and digital imagery in cultural institutions.
Cottard has collaborated with museums in France such as the Grand Palais or the Jeu de Paume and she is, since 2012, devoted to conserving and studying private and institutional Lebanese photographic collections such as the Fouad Debbas Collection. Co-founder of Nabû in 2014, she develops digitial tools adapted to the promotion of culture and heritage.
Charbel Saad is the Collection Manager at the Arab Image Foundation. Together with the Head of Collections, he oversees the work on collections held within the care of the Foundation, specifically the preservation, digitization and documentation of the photographs, and animates internal projects related directly to this material. He holds a BA in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from the Lebanese University in Furn El-Shebbek.
Çağla Nezehat Saraç
Born in 1970 in Ankara, Çağla Saraç received her BA in History from Concordia University, and MA in Museum Education from Ankara University.
Between 2000 and 2015 she taught courses in art history, art and cultural issues, curatorial studies and Turkish art at Bilkent University, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. She realised exhibitions and workshops with artists and art students, planned and executed school and museum oriented programs for groups with learning difficulties. Village Institutions, Byzantine Art and Architecture, preservation and management of cultural heritage are among other study interests.
Çağla Saraç works as the Art Advisor to Dogus Group and serves as a board member for Ara Güler Doğuş Sanat ve Müzecilik A.Ş.
Born in Saida (Lebanon) 1966
lives and works in Beirut
Zaatari’s practice is tied to the practice of researching and studying existing documents. He is interested in looking at the present through a wealth of past photographic records. His work in film and photography reflects on the shifting nature of borders and the production and circulation of images in the context of the current political divisions in the Middle East. He is a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation. He represented Lebanon at the Venice Biennial in 2013, and took part of Documenta13 in 20012. His recent Solo Exhibitions include MACBA, Barcelona 2017, Kunsthaus Zurich, 2016, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015, Salt, Istanbul 2014 and MoMA, NY 2013
His feature films include, Twenty-Eight Nights and A Poem, 2015 and This Day, 2003
The Photographic Legacy of the Middle East and North Africa: Priorities for Sustainability.
الارث الفوتوغرافي للشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا: أوليات تحقيق الاستدامة
The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) is a multi-year strategic effort to build the capacity of individuals and institutions in the care and preservation of photographic collections in the Middle East and North Africa. From 2009 to 2017, MEPPI trained over seventy participants from 52 institutions, representing collections in sixteen countries – Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
To mark the completion of the last series of workshops, MEPPI is organizing a symposium to consider the future direction and sustainability of photographic preservation in the Middle East and North Africa.
The symposium includes presentations and panel discussions that collectively highlight the rich and varied collections of photographic holdings in the region, providing examples of effective stewardship and preservation activities, and identifying challenges and opportunities for the preservation of photographic collections.
Symposium partners are the Arab Image Foundation, the University of Delaware, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Conservation Institute.