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Joe Namy is an American-born, London and Beirut-based artist, educator, and composer, often working collaboratively across mediums—in sound, performance, sculpture, and video. Their projects focus on social constructs of music and organized sound, like the pageantry and politics of opera, gender dynamics of bass, colors and tones of militarization, migration patterns of instruments, and the complexities of translation in all this—from language to language, from score to sound, from drum to dance.



The Curtain of the Sky, Boras Biennial, Boras SE - curated by Ulrika Flink and Amanprit Sanduh [E]
Here History Began, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin DE - curated by Bonaventure Ndikung and Kamila Metwaly [E]

Nuove Utopie, Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Milan IT - curated by Itamar Gov [S]
Re-shift, Re-calibrate, Pavillion, Leeds UK - Curated by Myriam Mouflih [S]
Rooftop Disguised as Dancefloor, Le18 + 1-54 Forum, Marrakech MO - curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose [P]
Half Blue, Berlinale Forum Expanded exhibition, Berlin DE [E]
Libretto-o-o d'artifice , Video Jam, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester UK [P]

Automobile Redux, V&A Museum, London UK - programmed by Jenna Mason [P]
‘32: The Rescore, Sharjah Art Foundation, AE - curated by Bhavisha Pancia [E]
Half Blue, HISTORY IS NOT HERE, Minneapolis Museum of American Art, US - curated by Maymanah Farhat and Heba Y. Amin [E]
The Eighth Automobile, Art Night London, UK - durated by Helen Nesbitt [P]
Libretto-o-o auditions, listening session and workshop at Townhouse, Cairo EG - organized by Mariam Elnozahy [P]
The Seventh Automobile, Durub Al Tawaya, Abu Dhabi UE - curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh [P]

Space, Breath, Time, listening session with Saleh Badis and Aria, Algiers DZ - organized by Yasmina Reggad [P]
In Defense of Loud Music, listening session at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut LB [P]
Study for Sonic No. 7 & No. 10, Debt, Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah PS - curated by Reem Shadid and Yazan Khalili [E]
Monuments to the Unfinished, listening session and workshop at Le18, Marrakech MA - organized by Francesca Masoero and Laila Hida [P]
Sonic No. 7 & No. 10 and other supersonics, Strange Umbrellas, London UK - curated by Steve Beresford and Blanca Regina [P]
stones gods people, Gallery Lejeune, London UK - curated by Rose Lejeune [P]
Bucharest Int'l Experimental Film Festival RO - curated by Uli Ziemons [S]
Red Fills the Intervals - a listening session, Nottingham Contemporary UK [P]

From Ear to Ear to Eye, Nottingham Contemporary UK - curated by Sam Thorne [E]
Monitoring, Kassel Dokfest DK [E]
How to Tell When the Rebels Have Won, Beit Beirut LB - curated by Rasha Salti [E]
Appeal, Al Riwaq BH - curated by Waheeda Malullah [E]
The Sixth Automobile, Taking to the Streets, Nuit Blanche, Toronto CA - curated by Barbara Fischer [P]
Meeting Points 8, Beirut Art Center - curated by Mai Abu Dahab [E]
Sharjah Biennial 13 - curated by Christine Tohme [E]
Stars Down to Earth, Berlinale Forum Expanded, Berlin DK [E]

Meeting Points 8, La Loge, Brussels BE - curated by Malak Helmy and Raimundas Malašauskas [E]
Braunschweig International Film Festival, DE [S]
International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, CH [S]
The Fifth Automobile, La Biennale de Montréal - curated by Philippe Pirotte [P]
space, breath, time, Beirut Art Center LB [P]
The Fourth Automobile, The Time is Out of Joint, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju KR - curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh [P]
Sounds As If, DCAF, Cairo EG - curated by Aleya Hamza [E]
stones gods people, Forecast, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin DK - curated by Kalliopi Tsipni-Kolaza [P]
Berlinale Forum Expanded, Berlin DK [S]
stones gods people, SALT Galata, Istanbul TR [P]
(a(version)s), Cuchifritos Gallery, New York City, US [E]

The Sea In The City, Sursock Museum, Beirut LB - curated by Roy Dib [S]
I Spy With My Little Eye, Mosaic Rooms, London UK - curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath [E/P]
Echoes & Reverberations, Hayward Gallery, London UK - curated by Aaron Cezar and Cliff Lauson [E/P]
Experimental Shorts, Berlin Arab Film Festival DK [S]
Ten, Arab American Nat'l Museum, Dearborn MI - curated by Maymanah Farhat [E]

Concrete Sampling, Beirut LB [P]
Somewhere between here and now, Freewaves, Los Angeles CA - curated by Suzy Halajian [S]
Rehearsal for Automobile, Durub al Tawaya, Abu Dhabi Art Fair AE - curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh [P]
Music Palace, Villa Empain, Brussels BE - curated by Diana Wiegersma [E]
The Third Automobile, Theater der Welt, Mannheim DE - curated by Matthias Lilienthal [P]
ENCOUNTER: Listening to the City, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah AE - curated by Alexandra Macgilp [P/E]
Forum Expanded, Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin DE [S]
The Sun That Never Sets, Spring/Break - curated by Vanessa Albury and Rachel Rampleman, New York City NY [E
Whistling In The Dark, Workshop Gallery, Beirut LB - curated by Aischa Berg [E]

An Ingenious Response to Colonialism, University of Iowa - curated by Pablo de Ocampox [S]
The Second Automobile, Ashkal Alwan Homeworks 6, Beirut LB - curated by Christine Tohme [P]
Half Step, Art Dubai Projects AE [P]
AiR Dubai - curated by Bérénice Saliou [E]
(a(version)s), Beirut in Cairo EG [E]

Detroit Unleaded (composer), Toronto International Film Fest, Toronto CA [S]
Triboluminenscence, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut LB [P]

Quantum Leap, Detroit Science Center, Detroit MI [E]
Infinite Mirror, Syracuse University Gallery, Syracuse NY [E]
Another Detroit is Happening, Queens Museum of Art - curated by Detroit Summer [S]

New York Chronicles, VCU Qatar Gallery, Doha QA - curated by Maymanah Farhat [E]
EXPOSURE 2, Beirut Art Center, Beirut LB [E]
LANGUAGE. DIFFERENCE. POWER. (solo), Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit MI [E]
London International Documentary Festival, London UK [S]
Black History Shorts, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY [S]
DIY Video, MIT Center for Future Civic Media, Cambridge MA [S]

Media that Matters Film Festival, New York City NY [S]
Patois: New Orleans Int'l Human Rights Film Festival, New Orleans LA [S]
SXSW Film Festival, Austin TX [S]



2021 Graham Foundation Research & Development grant
2019 Mophradat Consortium Commission with Portikus and the Renaissance Society
2019 Research Grant from the Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio
2018 Sharjah Production Grant, Sharjah UE
2015 Delfina Residency, London UK
2014 Heinrich Boell Foundation Grant
2013 A.I.R. Dubai Residency, Dubai AE
2012 Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grant
2012 Festival Belluard Bollwerk Int’l Residency, Fribourg CH



Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace program, 2012, Beirut
M.F.A 2010, Studio Art, New York University
B.F.A. 2003, Studio Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor