Leslie Hakim-Dowek is a visual artist of Lebanese origin based in London. Her practice mainly focuses on issues of identity, migration and memory often combining photography, archival material and text. Creative writing is also an important feature of her practice. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.
Her book Twilight Island was nominated for the Mack First Book Award 2017 and was featured on Photomonitor (June 2017). She was the Visual Advisor for the AHRC Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories Conference project at Birkbeck College for which she curated the exhibition East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City. (online version of catalogue: www.issuu.com/vtoc).
She has widely exhibited here and abroad including group exhibitions such as iCrossing curated by Yasmina Reggad and Max Houghton for the Brighton Fringe; The Dead curated by Val Williams and Greg Hobson for National Media Museum and Montreal Mois de la Photo.