Alia Fattouh

Director of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, where she recently moved after residing in New York for eight years. Founded by Hamza Serafi and Mohammed Hafiz, Athr is one of the driving forces behind the Contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia. She co-founded TandemWorks with curator and sister Mayssa Fattouh in Beirut in 2015, an award-winning non-profit arts initiative that encourages change on social, cultural and environmental issues with interventions in the public realm. She previously served as Director at Lombard Freid Gallery in New York. During her tenure there, she worked closely with international artists, introduced a number of artists such as Huguette Caland and Kemang Wa Lehulere, and spearheaded initiatives with the West Asian market. Before moving to New York in 2011, Fattouh was Education Manager at Canvas, Dubai, a publication dedicated to art and culture from West Asia, where she developed art classes for collectors across the Gulf, the first initiative of its kind in the region. Fattouh received her BA from the American University in Beirut in Political Studies and holds a Masters degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Science Po Paris in Conflict Resolution and Development.