Meet the Artist Lecture Series

After an inspiring and well-attended first year of events, we are happy to announce the return of the Meet the Artist Lecture Series during the 2019-20 academic year, starting summer 2019.

The lecture series gives artists, academics and cultural entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their work to an audience composed of members of the Webster community as well as external guests. Speakers will be interviewed for the Webster University Geneva Podcast.

The series will continue to function as a research, learning, and service platform, creating opportunities for the Webster community and general public to engage with creative people. While the program of events for 2018-19 focused exclusively on the visual arts, our events for the 2019-20 year will reflect a broader definition of “art” and “art-making”, and will be devoted to exploring a wider range of arts – including the performance arts – as well as the humanities. This will bring the series into closer alignment with the mission of the Global Citizenship Program and the university’s liberal arts mandate.

Lectures are free, open to the public, and generally take place on campus at lunchtime (1-2 pm). All are welcome and there is no need to register in advance.

Our event dates and speakers for September through December 2019 are below:


3 September – Grisha Loginov, DJ (

Grisha’s passion for collecting records goes back to 2015. He has been active in Geneva’s underground music scene since 2017, creating his own projects, such as Sample error juice and Rhythm tactics. As DJ, he is a careful picker. Minimal, house, techno and other wicked/trippy tunes will be heard once you’re on a dance floor curated by him.


12 September – Dr. Bob Bianchi, archeologist and chief curator, Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva (

Dr. Bob Bianchi is an archeologist and curator at the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art in Geneva. He will speaking about his passion for art and archeology, the highlights of his career, and the relevance of his work for the 21st century.


8 October – Joy Corthésy, multimedia journalist (

Joy Corthésy is a mutilmedia journalist, currently working for GMT Publishing producing their visual content for their online and print entities. Her work entails editorial photography and photo-reportage, and she also puts pen to paper (or finger to keys) for features and interviews.


7 November – Alan Lawson, visual artist (

Alan Lawson is an award winning Scottish artist, known for his sensitive portraits and landscape paintings. Working predominantly as an oil painter, but also sculpting in clay and wax, his work is heavily influenced by the details and rhythms of the natural world.


14 November – Mishkat Hafiz, visual journalist (

Mishkat Hafiz was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Brought up in a family of journalists, she was introduced to storytelling at a very young age. Having earned her BA in Communications and Cultural Studies and a graduate diploma in visual journalism, both from Concordia University, she currently works as a freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker. Her goal is to work with NGO’s and humanitarian organizations and pursue stories that fall under the umbrella of advocacy journalism on human rights issues with an end goal of being able to tell the forgotten stories of displaced minorities, ultimately giving them a space to voice their stories through visual documentation.


19 November – Aissa Deebi, visual artist 

Dr. Aissa Deebi is a Palestinian artist and scholar based in Geneva. His early work investigated the complexity of daily practices in post 1948 Palestine: Days like this (1997); Makkan (1998); My Dream House (1999); Nothing is New Only Forgotten (2000). Following this, Deebi tackled the theme of immigration and alienation, which culminated into his PhD research, providing critical analysis of Diaspora as a creative space. In tandem with his scholarly work, Deebi produced a body of works that interrogate the complex phenomena of cultural-migration and Diaspora reality as experienced by an adult Palestinian-immigrant artist in post Sept 11 America: Killing Time (2004); Naked Heroes (2003); Dead Sweet (2004) and more recently Tal El Samak (2011). Deebi represented Palestine at the 55th Venice Biennale and is currently working on projects for the 5th Edition of Çanakkale Biennial in Turkey and Colombo Biennale in Sri Lanka.

Currently the director of the Painting and Printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Deebi has held several leadership positions teaching art and design at a number of institutions including Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom; Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design, Mexico and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. In 2010, Deebi joined the American University of Cairo’s Arts Department as a Professor of Art and Design, teaching in the areas of studio arts, design practice, theory and photography. In 2011 he was appointed as the Director of the Visual Cultures Program, which includes the visual arts-film and graphic design majors. In addition, Deebi was the director of Sharjah Art Gallery at AUC. Between 2013-2016, Deebi was the chair of the Department of Art & Design at Montclair State University, associate Professor in Art and Design. Currently Deebi remains Associate Professor of Art and Design on leave at Montclair State University.

Deebi is also a consultant for the Birzeit University’s Museum in Palestine, and the curator of Mizna, the Arab American Art and Literature Magazine in Minneapolis, USA. His work has been exhibited globally including: The 55 Venice Biennale, Çanakkale Biennale, Turkey; Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden; Berlin Art Laboratory, Germany; Art Space Gallery at Sang Myung University, Seoul, Korea; Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt; Kunstverein, Germany; The Queens Museum of Art in New York; Haus am Lutzowplatz in Berlin; Tanit Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon; Beirut Art Fair, Lebanon; Asia-Pacific Triennial, Taipei in Taiwan; VCU Art Gallery, Doha; Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York; Art Dubai; Al Hosh for Palestinian Art, and Birzeit University Museum, Palestine.


26 November – Leticia Antunes Maciel, owner of espace L contemporary art gallery (

Leticia Antunes Maciel has been running espace L in the quartier des bains in Geneva since 2011. Her gallery is dedicated to nurturing a dialogue between Europe and Brazil. Her presentation will discuss a few of Brazil’s leading visual artists and Brazil’s art market.


5 December – Dr. Hélène Tissières, African literature, film and contemporary art specialist, Guest Researcher at the Global Studies Institute (

Currently a guest researcher at the Global Studies Institute, Dr. Hélène Tissières is an African literature, film and contemporary art specialist. She was Associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin until 2016, when she left her position to join her family settled in Geneva. Hre work discusses the links between visual arts and writing and on the resistance strategies put in place by artists, writers, filmmakers and rappers. She is also a curator and organized in Switzerland the exhibition Dakar-Martigny (2016). Her other research interests include Human Rights, ecology (ecocriticism) and cultural diversity.



Past events (March 2018-May 2019):

22 March 2018 – Marisa Cornejo (
5 April 2018 – Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup (
3 May 2018 – Paul March (
21 June 2018 – Nina Rodin (
28 June 2018 – Marquis’ McGee (
5 July 2018 – Tim Young (

27 September 2018 – Sema Jonsson @ 6:30 pm ( SPECIAL EVENING FOLLOWED BY EXHIBITION OPENING
4 October – Rolf Magnusson
11 October – Rodrigo Hombre Radikal Figueredo (
8 November – Kristian Skeie (
15 November – Antonio Natale ( @ 6:30 pm SPECIAL EVENT FOLLOWED BY EXHIBITION OPENING
6 December – Cecile Balsem SPECIAL EVENT HELD IN FRENCH

24 January 2019 – Alan Bogana (
31 January – Lina Bessonova (
7 February – Laura Couto Rosado (
14 February – Gilles Dusabe (
28 February – Arantxa Cedillo (

11 April – Olivia McGilchrist (
18 April – Noemi Niederhauser (
2 May – Francesco Arese-Visconti (

4 June – Julia “Jayhan” Handschin, singer & songwriter ( – in collaboration with the WCCI and Media Communications department

17 June – James Lang, visual artist and writer (

27 June – Pierre Bessuges, visual artist (

4 July – Angela McFall, visual artist (

This series of lectures is hosted by Webster University’s Global Citizenship Program in collaboration with the Media Communications Department and the Webster Center of Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). Lunch for the speakers is provided through the WCCI.

For questions/ comments, please contact Dr. Julianna Sandholm-Bark (