LARA TABET, born in Achkout, Lebanon, is a practicing medical doctor and visual artist. In 2012, after finishing her residency in Clinical Pathology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Tabet completed a one-year full-time program at the International Center of Photography in New York and was the recipient of the Lisette Model scholarship. Her work has been featured throughout the Arab world, USA and Europe. Her exhibitions include Écume de mer agitée, Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle (2021); Une autre scène du Liban, Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris (2020); Des possibles de la photographies, Rencontres Internationales de la photographie, Arles (2019); Troisième biennale des photographes du monde arabe, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, 2019, Underbelly, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut (2019); L’intrus, Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastian (2018); Underbelly, Galerie Eulenspiegel, Basel (2018); Notas Al Futuro, Galeria Breve, Mexico (2017); The City and the City, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York; Regards sur Beyrouth, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille(2016); I spy with my little eye, The Mosaic Rooms, London (2015); Exposure 5, Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2013).
Tabet has received grants from the Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC) and Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafi; she was the recipient of the Daylight Photo Award Juror’s Pick for her project The Reeds and was awarded the Arte East fellowship for the Art Omi residency as well as the Sursock Museum Prize. She has taught photography at the American University of Beirut and gave workshops at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts as well as at Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts. Her artistic practice is informed by her background in pathology and inspects the legacy of trauma in Lebanon. Her work contemplates the relationship between the individual and public/private space in connection to gender, sexuality, and identity. More recently, her practice has shifted towards arts and sciences and her ongoing research focuses on water as a site of political speculation as well as DNA as a medium for archiving.
She is currently working and living between Beirut and Marseille.