Bissane Al-Charif

Date of Birth: 19, February 1977

28 rue pasteur, 94200, Ivry sur seine

+ 33 (0)6 31 21 33 70

Driving license: B

Visual artist & Set designer


July 10-11 – 2022           Set design. Opera. Woman at point zero, Pavaillon Noir, production LOD muziektheater. composer: Bushra El-Turk, director: Laila Soliman, libretto: Stacy Hardy. Aix en Provence. France.


2003-2005           D.P.E.A.Set design Postgraduate diploma, Nantes School of Architecture, France.

2001-2002           Degree in Archeology. The  University of Lyon 2, Lyon – France.

1995-2001            Bachelor of Architecture. Damascus University – Syria.


2016     Title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. obtained by the Minister of Culture and Communication for the art installation project entitled WOMEN MEMORIES.


2019-2018         I once entered a garden, (multimedia installation), in collaboration with Chrystèle Khodr, a project supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Middle East, and Al Mawred Culture Resource. Presented at Dar El Nemr in Beirut/ Globe Aroma space, Belgium/ Napoli Teatro Festival, Italy/Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen Netherlands.

2017-2018        Sham, (multimedia installation), in collaboration with Simon Pochet. Supported by MAKISAPA-DOC, in co-production with ESPACE MALRAUX, Scène Nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie. A project supported by the ONDA, and the atelier des artistes en exils (aa-e). Presented at the Espace Malraux, national stage, Chambéry/ Musée of the history of immigration, the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris.

2013-2014-2015     WOMEN MEMORIES, (multimedia installation), in collaboration with Simon Pochet and Wael Ali. Supported by the British Council, Ettijahat, Young Arab Theatre Fund, and Inediz. Presented at Confluence, Paris/  festival «C’est comme ça», Chateau Thierry/ Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, Netherlands/ Mousonturm Frankfurt.

2013 -2014        Message to Syria, (multimedia installation), in collaboration with Géraldine Kouzan, Project supported by the Île de France region, presented at ICI Montreuil, Paris.

2009           Massar’s Bus, (installation), Trust Foundation, The Syria Trust for Development Old Damascus Fair, Syria.


2022          Woman at point zero, (set design & Video). Opera. Composition by Bushra El-Turk, direction by Laila Soliman, libretto by Stacy Hardy. Production LOD muziektheater. Pavaillon Noir, Aix en Provence.

2021       Mandela, from the veld to the presidency, (set design). Theater. Adapted by Olivia Burton and Xavier Marchand, directed by Xavier Marchand, Lanicolacheur. La Fonderie, Le Mans/ MC93, Ile de France/ Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune, Aix-en-Provence/ Théâtre Joliette, Marseille/ Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, France.

2020-2021     Turing point, (set design & costume). Dance. Directed by Nancy Naous. Company 4120.BODY. L’Etoile du Nord, Paris/ Neuf Neuf Festival -L’Escale, Tournefeuille/ Kaaitheater, Brussels.

2019-2020      Damascus 2045,  (set design & costume). Theater. Text by Mohammad Al Attar. Directed by Omar Abusadaa. The performance was supported and presented at the Powszechny Theater in Warsaw, as part of the Atlas of Transitions program. A new version was supported and presented at Theater Freiburg, Germany.

2019           Under a low sky,  (set design & costume). Theater. Text & Directed by Waël Ali . Supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Creative Europe program. Les Bancs Publics is the leader of the Performances Beyond Two Shores project. Presented At Friche belle de Mai, Marseille. Bozar, Brussels.

2018          The Factoy, (set design & masks). Theatre. Text by Mohammad Al Attar. directed by Omar Abusadaa, Volksbühne, Berlin/ Onassis Cultural Center, Athens/ Kampnagel, Hamburg.

2017-2018     Temporary stay, (set design). Theater. Directed by Wael Ali & Chrystèle Khodr, Les Subsistances, Lyon/ La Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseille/ Théâtre de la Vignette, Montepellier/ Théâtre Jean Vilar, Ile de France/ KaaiStudio, Brussels.

2018-2019        Aleppo, a portrait of Absence, (set design).Theater. Text by Mohammad Al Attar, directed by Omar Abusadaa, HKV, Berlin/ Zurcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich.

2017-2018        Iphigenia, (set design & costume), Theatre. Text by Mohammad Al Attar, directed by Omar Abusadaa. Volksbühne, Berlin.

2016-2017     While I was waiting, (set design & costume). Theater. Text by Mohammad Al Attar, directed by Omar Abusadaa. Festival d’Avignon (IN), France/ Festival d’Automne, Paris/ Shizuoka Performing Arts Center, Japan.

2014-2015       I don’t remember, (set design). Theater, Text, and Directed by Wael Ali. Tournesol Theater, Beirut/ Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin/ Maison d’Europe Et d’Orient, Paris.

2013              The Trojan Women, (set design & costume). Theater. Directed by Omar Abusadaa. National Centre for Culture and Performing Arts, Jordan/ The European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva.

2013                  Intimacy, (set design & costume). Theater. Text by Mohammad Al Attar. Directed by Omar Abousaada, produced by Theaterformen and A Shakal Alwan Festival. Performed in Beirut –Babal Theatre, and Hannover Festival Theaterformen.

2012             Could you please look into the camera? (set design & costume). Theater. Text by Mohammad Al Attar, directed by Omar Abusadaa. Dossan Art Center, Seoul, South Korea.

2011             Opera:  la nosse de Figaro, (set design), Opera.  Directed by Christian Daumas, Conductor: Julius Kalmar And Missak Baghboudarian, Damascus Opera House, Syria.


2022        Sunday morning, Video of 6’07. Memorial to Beirut.

2014         Missing Sky, Video – Stop motion technique of 2’27. Produced in partnership with Mohamad Omran. Produced by the British Council, Young Arab Theatre Fund, and Inediz production. Broadcast on


Sep-Dec/2020    The Living Collections of the IMA | Shared Memories. Photos and Lemand Donation. Presented at the Arab World Institute, Paris.

Jan-June/2019   Where is the home of my friend? The home of the arts, center of contemporary art of Malakoff, Ile de France.

Sep-Oct/2019    Three witnesses of the Syrian contemporary art. Association Cluny-Chemin- d’Europe, presented at the Victor Duruy room, Cluny, France

Nov/2019    FROM FLOOD TO FLIGHT; MYTHS, SONGS AND OTHER STORIES. Exhibition created by Elena Sorokina, Galerie Premier Regard, Paris.

Jan-Mar/2019   Stateless: Views of Global Migration. The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA.

Nov-Dec/2018    Portes ouvertes sur l’art contemporain Syrien. Galerie Premier Regard, Paris.

Feb/2015    Syria Third Space. Exhibition created by the Alma Salem, the British Council, London.

June/2006   Kesset Mawt Najeeb Brax. In collaboration with the Grid Iron group, Beirut, Lebanon.


2010   Day of photography, ( Exhibition design). French Cultural Center. Damascus.

2009   Minha. (stage design). Concert of Ziad Al Rahbai. Citadel of Damascus.

2008    Sandouk Al Kar. (conception, direction & design of the street performance), a project supported by the festival Damascus, capital of the Arab culture 2008.


2011          Al-Ashek, Directed by Abd Allatif Aabd AlHamid, National Film Organization, Syria.

2009        Rodaj, Directed by Nidal Al-Dibs, Orbit channel station, Syria.

2008           Khaberni Ya Teir, (short film). Directed by Sewar Zarkli, a Judges award-winning of Damascus Film Festival, National Film Organization, Syria.

2007           Monologue, (short film). Directed by Jood Sa’eed, (Silver Prize in the Damascus Film Festival), National Film Organization, Syria.


2010-2006               Architect and set designer at Damascus Opera House, Syria.

2002- 2006              Employee as an architect at the General Directorate of Archeology and Museums, Syria.


2021-2022      Jury member of the final report: Learning & Evaluation Ettijahat 2030. Ettijahat- Independent Culture organisation.

2011-2012          Creation of art through the use of cement, (interactive workshops for children 6-12 years), in coordination with the Art&Work workshop, Damascus.   

2010               Trainer and group leader for the project, Interactive Theater in Syrian Public Schools, funded by DROSOS, Switzerland, supervised by Rawafed, TRUST Foundation (The Syrian Trust For Development), Damascus.

2007                    Instructor at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, Damascus


Arabic: mother tongue, French: Excellent, English: Good.

Making model.

Software (AutoCAD / Photoshop / Sketch up/ Microsoft Office / In-Design).

Construction, DIY.

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