Hayat Nazer, multidisciplinary artist from Tripoli, Lebanon. Unnamed lady, 2020, Beirut. Photography © Elie Bekhazi

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

I am a female Lebanese artist. I had quit my job with the United Nations to become an artist and I wish to make change in my country and the world through art. I am mostly known for my street art during the Lebanese Revolution 2019.

I created a Phoenix sculpture made out of broken metal of the protestors tents which were destroyed by pro government protestors. It was a socio-political statement, which aimed at empowering and inspiring the Lebanese people. 

I did several grafitti and art installations and my latest is “Unnamed lady” (in the main photo), a woman made out of debris of the Beirut Explosion on the 4th of August 2020. This last sculpture gained a worldwide recognition as it portrayed the pain that we, the Lebanese people, went through during this traumatizing event.