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 creative writing. She is a senior lecturer in photography at the University of Portsmouth and was the visual advisor for the AHRC project Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories Research project (2013-14) which included a conference, workshops and an exhibition, Birkbeck College. She curated for the latter the group exhibition East and West : Visualising the Ottoman City which took place at the Peltz Gallery - (online version of catalogue: www.issuu.com/vtoc).
Her book Twilight Island was nominated for the Mack First Book Award 2017 and was featured on Photomonitor (June 2017). She has undertaken many commissions including one for The World in London, a portrait commission project organised by the Photographers Gallery and Gulbenkian Foundation to celebrate