Jean Pierre Watchi  

 

Biography
Jean-Pierre Watchi was born in Bamako (Mali) and at present lives and works in France. He was schooled in Lebanon and later studied at the London Film School. Watchi held his first solo exhibitions in Beirut at l’Ecole des lettres 1972, at Dar el Fan 1974 and a solo show (painting, photography and video) at the Institut du Monde Arabe in 1989.For the past fifteen years he has been focusing on multimedia works that combine photography, digital animation and video. In 1977 he presented an audio-visual project in a public space at the XIV Sao Paulo biennial. Previously, his work has been showcased at the influential  FIAC art fair in Paris (1980) and at Samy Kinge Gallery, also in Paris. With Galerie Janine Rubeiz, where his workis permanently exhibited, he held the solo show “Photographs from Beirut (1973-2012)in 2012 and has taken part in group exhibitions since 2009.