Born in 1981, Nagham Hodaifa نغم حديفة is a painter and researcher. She holds a PhD degree in Art history from the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and she holds a master’s degree from the Department of Painting Faculty of Fine Arts Damascus University.

Hodaifa’s work focus’ on body and portraits and their relation with the personal/natural memory to look into the inner and outer aesthetic sour. She lives and works in Paris since 2005.

 

Programs and degrees

2008 .2015 : PhD in History of Contemporary Art at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France.  The dissertation title: “Marwan’s work from 1964 to the present : the face in question and works on paper” under the direction of Mrs. Françoise Levaillant and Mr. Emmanuel Pernoud (mention. Very honorable distinction with unanimous congratulations from the jury).

Thesis published under the title Marwan. Face à face éditions Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers, collection “Middle East, Social and Cultural Studies”, Edited By Irene Maffi, Silvia Naef et Wendy Shaw, 2018.

2006 .2008 : Master 2 Art History, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France.

2003 : D.E.A. School of Fine Arts, University of Damascus, Section painting, Damascus, Syria.

1998 .2002 : National Diploma of Fine Arts, University of Damascus, Section painting, Damascus, Syria. (Albasel Award of Excellence graduate, University of Damascus.)

 

Work in public collections

Musée de l’Institut du monde arabe (Paris, France).

 

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2013 : Disjecta membra. CSC M. Rebérioux, Créteil, France

2010 : Danse encrée. Librairie Mona-lisait, Paris, France

2010 : Théâtre L’Etoile du nord, Paris, France

2008 : Introduction. Tunisia House, Paris, France

2007 : Théâtre Clochard Céleste, Lyon, France

2006 : Le Vide et le plein. Allix Residence, Lyon, France

2002 : 2nd solo exhibition. al-Kafer Swaida, Syria

1997 : 1st solo exhibition. al-Kafer Swaida, Syria

 

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2019: 

A la plume, au pinceau, au crayon : dessins du monde arabe, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France.

Personal Revolutions, Alserkal Avenue, Concrete, Atassi Foundation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Salon “Maghreb-Orient des livres”, L’Hôtel de ville de Paris, Paris, France.

Où est la maison de mon ami ?, Maison des arts – Centre d’art contemporain, Malakoff, France.

2018:

Artist in residence, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris, France

Un œil ouvert sur le monde arabe, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France

Portes ouvertes sur l’art contemporain Syrien, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris, France.

2017 : 

Syria : Into the Light, Alserkal Avenue, Concrete, Atassi Foundation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Internationales Kunstprojekt in Salzburg with Séverin Krön, Nagham Hodaifa, Larissa Tomassetti. Estivale de Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

2016 :

Murmures. Duo avec Léon Garreaud de Mainvilliers, Galerie David Ghezelbash – Nadine Fattouh, Paris, France

Avec un trait. Elbirou Gallery, Sousse, Tunisia

2011 :

Free go arts 2011. Studio Harcourt, Paris, France

Corps Accords Désaccords. Gallery Sens Interior Gulf of Saint – Tropez, France

Par nature le paysage dans l’art contemporain. Contemporary art space Eugène Baudouin, Antony, France

2010 :

Contest Prize “Artistic creation for the odyssey of a utopia,” CIUP, Paris, France

2009 :

European Heritage Days, Maison Internationale, Paris, France. (Artist in residence)

2007 :

Tribute to the artist Sakhr Farzat. Europia Gallery, Paris, France

Cinquièmes journées portes ouvertes. Tunisia House, Paris, France

2003 .2004 :

Palette Art House, Damascus, Syria

2003 :

Exhibition of Youth in Damascus, Damascus, Syria

2002 :

Exhibition of the promotion of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the French Cultural Centre in Damascus, Syria

2001 :

Biennale of al-Ain, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Artistic performances / live-shows

2011 : Performance Dance / Draw. Gallery Sens Interior Gulf of Saint – Tropez, France. [Dance: E. Pernot]

2010 : Empreinte mon accent ‒ multidisciplinary performing arts (music, singing opera, dance, painting and video), BIERMANS-LAPOTRE Foundation, Paris, France. (Design N. HODAIFA). [B. Laurent, S. Kumada, A. Suultani, R. Constantin Delice and T. Blanchy]

Performance Dance / Draw. College Dutch, Paris, France. [Dance: Valentina Dal Mas].

Tympan ‒ Performing arts (music, painting and dance). Monaco Foundation, Paris, France. [Musical creation: Y. Hbeisch, dance E. Pernot].

2009 : Laqlaq l’atelier ‒ Live show, Picardie, Chauny, France

Laqlaq l’atelier. L’héron qui fit danser les peintures ‒ Live show, moving sound exposure. Improvisation dance-music related paintings by N. HODAIFA. College Dutch, Paris, France. [Musical creation: Y. Hbeisch, dance E. Pernot, J. Amato and A. Pernot]

Performance dance/painting. Festival les printemps des poètes, Galerie Communic’art, Galerie Jardin, Paris, France. [Dance : E. Pernot and J. Amato]

 

Publications (selected)

N. Hodaifa

– « A study on “Feminism” in Syrian Art »,قراءة حول “المؤنث” في الفن السوري, in Personal Revolutions,cat. exp. 9 mars – 8 avril 2019, Atassi Foundation, Alserkal Avenue, Dubaï, UAE. (arabe- trad. anglais).

– Marwan. Face à face, Berne, Peter Lang, coll. « Études culturelles et sociales sur le Moyen-Orient », 2018, 396p.

– « The Face and Body in Syrian Art », dans cat. d’exp. Syria : Into the Light, 9 mars – 3 avr. 2017, Alserkal Avenue, Concrete, Atassi Foundation, Dubaï, UAE.

– Marwan Ou la quête obstinée de l’âme humaine. Une myriade de visages, préf. Jack Lang, essai publié à l’occasion de l’exp. Marwan, ou la quête obstinée de l’âme humaine. Peintures, aquarelles, gravures, à l’initiative de Nadine Fattouh et Emanuel Von Baeyer, 23 mars – 11 avr. 2015, Paris, Galerie Jacques Leegenhoek, 2015.

– « Marwan : entre apparition et disparition », in Zamân. Textes, images et documents (Paris), n° 5, été 2012, p. 108-182.

 

Catalogues (selected)

Fonds Claude & France Lemand – IMA, cat. Donation Claude & France Lemand au musée de l’Institut du monde arabe, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, 2018.

Syria : Into the Light, Alserkal Avenue, Concrete, Atassi Foundation, Dubaï, 2017.

Fanzine Coming soon 8I, n° 8, Sète, L’Eclaire, Libraire l’Echappée Belle, avr. 2016.

Revival of plastic art memory in Syria. New generation of Syrian artists (vol. 4), Damascus Arab capital of culture, Damascus, Minister of Culture, 2008.