Lara Haddad is a multimedia artist and photographer whose work is inspired by news media images, whether appropriated in her multimedia installations or referenced in her photographic work. In Cleansing, Haddad prints a scene from the Syrian conflict on a blanket, the first item many refugees receive in humanitarian aid. In a globally connected world balanced on military tensions and economic sanctions, conflict in any country is not solely a domestic issue. Instead, millions of individual lives are disrupted and they are forced to leave everything behind, losing their sense of self and starting over as refugees.
Haddad was born in Damascus, Syria, and after visiting the United States in 2012, never returned. She received a MFA in Photography from the University of Arizona in 2016. She has participated in group exhibitions in Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Steinfeld Warehouse Tucson, AZ; Colorado Photographic Art Center, Denver; and the Middle East Center, London School of Economics.