Heather M. O’Brien is an artist living and working in Beirut, Lebanon. She received an MFA in Photography and Media from CalArts and participated in the General Studies program at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as SF Camerawork, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Photographic Center Northwest. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Women’s Studio Workshop, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and the Marble House Project. Heather is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut where she teaches courses in photographic theory, practice, and history.
During my time at SFAI I worked on a new film/video piece titled, ‘Less Gold, More Blue.’ The work looks at water politics within Lebanon and attempts to undo decades of U.S. media representation and cultural conditioning. I also completed research in Los Alamos, New Mexico for an ongoing photographic archival project around World War II and atomic bomb testing. One of the most impactful parts of the residency was meeting fellow residents and learning about their various projects.