Ghida Bahsoun is a multidisciplinary, scenic designer born in Beirut, Lebanon. After completing a Bachelor in Interior Architecture, she moved to Switzerland to do a Masters in design: Spaces and Communication at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD) with Noam Toran and Marguerite Humeau as tutors.

In 2016, she co-founded Guffetsch co.a Swiss event production company whose process revolves around initiating and curating cultural events and linking art and design to other fields such at literature, cinema, architecture and music. It aims to generate pretexts for creation and therefore designing both the set and the setting. Guffetsch won the Hans Wilsdorf excellence award in space design, and has since been collaborating with artists, curators and institutions such as el Ultimo Gritto, Goldsmiths University of London, le Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain Saint-Etienne, curator Alexandra Midal, and photographer Dylan Perrenoud.

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SELECTED SHOWS AND SELF-INITIATED PROJECTS

2018
Participation in Across The Border, with Dalia Khalife, project by Filippo Minelli, Manifesta 12 Bienniale, Palermo, Italy

Shifting Surfaces, group exhibition, with Dalia Khalife, SeMA Nanji Residency (Seoul Museum of Art), South Korea

SeMA NANJI Residency artist in residence with Dalia Khalife, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea, supported by Prince Claus Fund

Si Di Kubi collaboration with Mohamad Bourouissa, An Unpredictable Expression of Human Potential, group exhibition curated by Hisham Khalidi, Beirut Art Center, Sharjah Biennial 13 Act II

2017
Guffetsch Ep03: “Petit Meurtre aux Bains des Pâquis”, group exhibition and book launching, at Geneva Design Days, Espace Hippomène, Switzerland

Guffetsch Ep03: “Petit Meutre aux Bains des Pâquis” writing contest, in collaboration with l’Association des Bains des Pâquis, Geneva, Switzerland

Popcorn – Art, Design et Cinéma, group exhibition curated by Alexandra Midal and Sébastien Delot, MAMC, Saint Etienne, France

Guffetsch “Ep02: the art exhibition” group exhibition, LiveInYourHead galery, Geneva, Switzerland

2016
Guffetsch “Ep01: the documentary” screening in cinema Le Spoutnik, L’Usine association, Geneva, Switzerland

2015
Voyeurism101, live stream performance in collaboration with Dalia Khalife, Utrecht in connection with Geneva, HKU Theater, The Netherlands

AWARDS

2017
Excellence award in space design for Guffetsch, Hans Wilsdorf foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

2014
Plateform(e) 2nd Prize of Design for Change 13/14, Lille, France

TALKS

2017
Participation in panel discussion, moderated by Hicham Khalidi, Sharjah Biennial 13 Act II Tamawuj, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon

The Lemon, performative lecture, Goldsmiths University of London, as a part of Multiplexer: Malfiction lecture series, UK

Talk at The Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD), Switzerland

FEATURINGS

2017
Guffetsch in NEU Now Online, transdisciplinary art festival based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016
Guffetsch in Multiplexer, Issue One _password GLITCH design journal produced by El Ultimo Grito, Goldsmiths design festival, London, UK


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019
Production assistance in Homeworks 8 (a series of exhibitions and performances organised by Ashkal Alwan), including Mona Hatoum’s Corps étranger, Beirut, Lebanon

Production assistance for Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Concept design for opening event of a high end clinic for The Planners, Lusail, Qatar

Interior design and art direction for Atelier130: concept store, nightclub, and residential spaces, Lebanon

2018
Bookshop and exhibition space manager, led by curator Marie Murracciole, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon

2017
Intern as assistant production Fairymotion communication agency specialized in video and multimedia design, Geneva, Switzerland

2015
Assistance in production in the HES-SO zone, 40th Paléo Music Festival, Nyon, Switzerland

Signage design for group exhibition, The Animal Party, directed by Ruedi Baur, Milan Design Week, Italy

Scenography concept for Transports Publics Fribourgeois, directed by architect Tristan Kobler, Bulles, Switzerland

Assistance in set mounting and dismounting, Chocolate Festival, electronic music festival, Lausanne, Switzerland

2014
Communication manager, led by curator Marie Murracciole, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon

2012
Internship at D-tab studios, interior design offices, Beirut, Lebanon

EDUCATION

2014 – 2016. MA Design: Spaces and Communication with high honors, The Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD), Switzerland

2010 – 2014. BA Interior Architecture with a minor in Product Design with honors, l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon