Visual Culture Forum – Dr. Pamela Chrabieh
Engaging Gazes, Generating Poetry: art and poetry

The Department of Visual Communication hosted a Visual Cultures Forum with Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, gathering the university community and friends for her first art exhibition in the UAE titled “Engaging Gazes, Generating Poetry.”
Dr. Chrabieh shared her experience and her inspiration behind each painting, a total of 11, and then the audience was taken on an interactive tour of the gallery, stopping at each painting and listening to poetry inspired by each one, in Arabic by scholar and poet Dr. Nadia Wardeh, former Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at AUD who joined via YouTube in a pre-recorded video (intorduction, poetry), and in English by widely published poet Assistant Professor of English Dr. Omar Sabbagh.
The Engaging Gazes series of paintings by Dr. Chrabieh, accompanied by Dr. Omar Sabbagh’s and Dr. Nadia Wardeh’s poems, combines the expression of voices, brushes, reeds and pens in dialogue with diverse human faces including their continuities and discontinuities, convergences and divergences, thinkables and unthinkables, presence and absence, internality and externality, intimacy and universality, and immanence and transcendence.
The exhibition is held from April 5-29, 2017 at the Rotunda Gallery in the School of Architecture, Art and Design building on campus.
Dr. Chrabieh completed a Higher Diploma in Plastic Arts - Religious Arts and Icon Restoration at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (University of Balamand) in Lebanon, followed by a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Theology and Sciences of Religions at the University of Montreal, in Canada.
She has published widely, is a peace activist and founder of the online movement of writers and artists Red Lips and High Heels that advocates for women’s rights in Southwestern Asia and North Africa.
She painted and restored icons in the late 1990s then developed her own style in the 2000s that combines Christian Levantine iconographies with Arabic calligraphy. She has exhibited her work in various settings in Lebanon and Canada, and organized art workshops in several North American and European countries. Engaging Gazes is her first solo exhibition in the UAE.