faculty profile

Zeina Barakeh
Director of Graduate Administration
Interdisciplinary Studies

Zeina Barakeh’s work examines how people and spaces become polarized during binary divisions. Through animation, digital media, and archival installations, she interrogates constructions of identity, history, memory, and territory. Barakeh was born in Beirut and moved to the United States in 2006. She is currently Director of Graduate Administration at SFAI, Visiting Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Founder of the No Reservations Art program—a professional practices initiative that connects graduate students at SFAI with professional opportunities in the art world.

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • Women Redrawing the World Stage, SOHO20 Chelsea, New York, 2013
  • The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, New Jersey; Organized by the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, 2012
  • Jaffa Mangoes: History, Memory, and Myth (two-person), Ictus Gallery, San Francisco, 2012
  • The Third-Half (solo), Anspacher galleries, The Public Theater, New York City, 2011
  • Passages (two-person), Golden Thread’s ReOrient Festival, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, 2009
  • Proliferations, Off-Space, San Francisco, 2009
  • Internal Exile: From Palestine to the USA to Mexico, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, 2007
  • Plastic Arts, Middle East University, Sabtieh, Lebanon, 2006
  • Facettes (solo), Espace SD Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon, 2005
  • Beyond Tradition, Illusion Gallery, Kuwait, 2004
Education: 
  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 2008
  • BA, Interior Design, Lebanese American University, Beirut, 1994