Omar Mismar

Omar Mismar is a visual artist born in Beirut, Lebanon. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut. As a practicing professional, he has worked at Mind the gap, a design studio in Beirut with a varied portfolio in designing publications, periodicals, campaigns, corporate identities, advertisements, and cultural projects. He is involved in design-related research and artistic production. He is a participating artist in the Queer Geography Workshop in Beirut and is part of the team for producing a book and an exhibition. He joined the department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut in Spring 2011 as a part-time teacher. Awarded the Fulbright scholarship for 2012–2014, he is currently pursuing an MFA in Fine Arts-Social Practice and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts.

His art practice is interdisciplinary and fueled by the idea of the everyday: what people do in the city, how we go about our routines, our free and alone time, our private versus public lives. Walking, intervening, subverting, resisting, satirizing, conversing, imagining, narrating, and browsing steer his practice. He is fascinated by the figure of the detective.