Zeina Barakeh

About the Work The Third Half My artwork focuses on the body and mechanisms of war, and examines how people and spaces become polarized by binary divisions. In Beirut, my formative years were characterized by perpetual conflict—political alliances changed regularly, often culminating in armed clashes. Those who shared geographical, sectarian, and socioeconomic markers of identity with political factions were identified as being a part of such alliances and, consequently, were considered “accomplices” to the perpetuation of civil tensions. In response to these divisions, I conceptualized an imaginary space, the Third Half, in which individuals could exist outside of factionalized communities. The Third Half is a space about the present; it is a space for consensus and survival that is constantly evolving. The Third Half functions as an umbrella under which I produce my work; my projects represent multi-faceted explorations of this conceptual space to generate divergent narratives of the Middle East. About the Artist Zeina Barakeh (b. Beirut) is a Palestinian-Lebanese artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Exhibitions and film festivals include: The Shape of Birds: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island; Kerry Film Festival (19th), Killarney Co. Kerry, Ireland; Oniros Film Awards, Aosta, Italy; Roma Cinema DOC Film Festival, Rome, Italy; Altered, Gallery #106, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco; PHOTOFAIRS SF, Connected: The Channel of Democracy: Womanhood, Power & Freedom in Video Art, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco; Blue Plum Animation Festival (13th), Johnson City, Tennessee; Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California; What Makes Us?, Focus Gallery, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Jersey; Aggregate Animated Shorts, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, California; Harlem International Film Festival (11th), MIST Harlem, New York; Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival, The Promenade Theater, Santa Monica, California; Creation Stories, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New Jersey; Bring It Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy Through the Body, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, San Francisco; PULSE New York, Art Fair, New York; UNTITITLED, Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida; Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, New York; International Film Awards Berlin, KINO im Kulturhaus Spandau, Berlin; Night Light: Making a Scene, SOMArts, San Francisco; The Chasm Arena, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Women Redrawing the World Stage, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York; The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Princeton; Jaffa Mangoes: History, Memory, and Myth, Ictus Gallery, San Francisco; The Third Half, The Public Theater, New York; Passages, Golden Thread’s ReORient Festival, San Francisco; Facettes, Espace SD, Beirut; and Internal Exile: From Palestine to the U.S.A. to Mexico, SOMArts, San Francisco. Awards include: Winner of Animation Category, Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival, Santa Monica; Perspectives: Here and There residency, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, funded by NEA and NJSCA; Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Special Selection Award; and Vermont Studio Center residencies. Barakeh currently serves as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute.