Nathalie Harb is a multidisciplinary artist and scenographer. She creates public interventions, installations and set design that question the notions of home, shelter and agency by proposing an alternative use of our daily habitat.
She collaborates with practitioners from the arts, design and architecture with whom she develops projects that range from urban interventions to film, theatre to interiors and installations exploring the dramaturgical potential of space and objects. Her work has been installed and exhibited in cities across the Middle East, Asia and Europe, funded by major institutions including the Goethe Institute, the Unesco in Paris, the American University Beirut’s Neighborhood Initiative, the London Design Biennale, the British Council, the Ministry of Culture, Lebanon and the London Greater Authority. She collaborates with Zoukak Theatre Company since 2009, and with Ali Chahrour on plays that toured internationally and have been recipients of prestigious awards such as the Ibsen Award.
A recent focus has been on two of her projects: The Silent Room and Urban Hives, urban interventions that respond to a need for community space within the increasingly depersonalized urban landscape. The Silent Room has to date been installed in Beirut and London. A flexible project that can either occupy existing space or be created as a standalone structure, this cocoon-like space offers visitors respite from the relentless noise and activity of 24/7 city culture. Urban Hives brings green spaces to the concrete jungle of city car parks. Low-cost, modular structures are erected over open-air parking, creating platforms that are accessible to all as food growing and garden space.
These projects have been covered extensively in the press, including in The Financial Times, The Guardian, Dezeen and BBC world .
Graduating with an MA in Cinema and Audio-Visual Practices from ALBA, Beirut in 2000 and an MA in Design Performance and Practice from Central St Martins in 2004, Harb continues to teach and lecture around the world alongside her practice. She is currently an artist in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.