Rita Adib is a pluri-disciplinary artist born and raised in Damascus, Syria and is currently based between Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal and Germany. She received her degree in architecture from Damascus University, and her degree in fine arts, majoring in sculpture from Concordia University.
Her practice, whither it is paintings, drawings, or site specific installations and performative actions, is deeply rooted in social and political activism. Adib questions the body in relation to borders, oppression and displacement and focuses on intersectional racial and gender-based discrimination from the point of view of a feminist Arab non-conforming woman.
Her work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Beirut and Montreal. She has participated in residences in Montreal, Belfast and Berlin.
Her work has been shown in several public sites around Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal.
Photo credit: Madonna Adib
2014 -2018 Bachelor degree in Fine Arts, Sculpture Major – Concordia University- Montreal, Canada
2008-2013 Bachelor degree in Architecture – Damascus University- Damascus, Syria
1997- 2008 Diploma in classical music (instrument violin) – Solhi Alwadi- Institution of Music, Damascus, Syria
2021 Podcast conception and scriptwriting- Magneto podcast production- Montreal, Canada
2018 INTERVENTIONS MÉDIATIQUES - Eastern Bloc- Montreal, Canada.
2017 Démystifier l'art électronique [atelier-workshop] - Eastern Bloc- Montreal, Canada.
2013 In2space international workshop for art and architecture- Barcelona, Spain.
Jun- Aug 2021 LOOKUP residency program for public art by ART REACH, UK. Hosted at Coculture- Berlin, Germany.
Aug-Sep 2020 Atelier La Coulée residency program- Foundry & Metalshop- Montreal, Canada.
Dec-Feb 2020-2021 Net//Work Digital Arts Residency- DAS digital art studios- Belfast, Northern Ireland. Held at MOMENTUM Berlin, Germany
2022 (Upcoming) A la Mémoire de Patriarcat- Centre culturel George Vanier- Montreal, Canada.
2019 In Memory of Patriarchy - Gallery 392rmeil393, Curator: Dima Matta- Beirut, Lebanon
2021 Net//Work Online exhibition- Curated and hosted by DAS digital arts studios and British Council.
2021 WE - Foundation Rad Hourani- Montreal, QC, Canada
2018 Seed Bomb- Making Art Making Politics. Collaboration with Mauricio Aristizabal, Parc Jean Drapeau- Montreal, Canada.
2018 Bronze and Aluminum Showcase- Concordia University - Curator: Natalie Nadeau, Montreal, QC, Canada 2018 Love letters to meem, Station Beirut , Curator: Dima Matta- Beirut, Lebanon.
2018 Festival de la Solidarite International, Greek Workers association- Montreal (QC), Canada.
2017 1/4 Group Show, VAV Gallery, Concordia University- Montreal (QC), Canada.
2016 Fragments, Main line Gallery- Montreal (QC), Canada.
Grants and awards
2021 Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) “Quand l’art Prend L’air”- Public art Project- Montreal, Canada
2020 British Council grant for Net//Work Digital Arts Residency
2018 FASA Winter student grant– Concordia University- Montreal, QC, Canada
2017 Outdoor sculpture competition– One year installation, Concordia University - Montreal, QC, Canada.
Artist talks, Podcasts, and workshops
2021 (Upcoming) 2021 Atelier La Coulée Podcast “D’un studio à l'Autre” - Conception, scriptwriting and guest speaker- Funded by CALQ and CAM -Montreal, Canada.
2021 Women Now Development - Position: Artistic workshops creator and facilitator, Online workshops.
2019 Artist talk and conversation at American University of Beirut, graduate class “Feminism and gender studies”- Professor: Sarah Mourad- Beirut, Lebanon
Maghie Ghali, " A ghoulish address to the patriarchy", The Daily Star Lebanon- 2019
Alaa Rashidi, "ذكور السلطوية.. كائنات هزلية آيلة للانقراض", Almodon-2019
Chiri Choukeir- 'In Memory of Patriarchy:' A personal celebration through art , AN-NAHAR- 2019