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Rasha Salti is an independent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living in Beirut, Lebanon. She co-curated a number of film programs including "The Road to Damascus", with Richard Peña, a retrospective of Syrian cinema that toured worldwide (2006), and "Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now", with Jytte Jensen (2010-2012), showcased at the MoMA in New York. Salti has collaborated with a number of organizations and festivals, including the Musée Jeu de Paume in Paris, the SANFIC in Santiago de Chile, and The Tate Modern in London. In 2009 and 2010, Salti worked as a programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (, where, in addition, she was involved in SANAD, the festival’s regional film production grant. In 2011, she joined the team of programmers of the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, she was one of co-curators of the 10th edition of the Sharjah Biennial for the Arts, and in 2015, she co-curated with Kristine Khouri the exhibition "Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the Exhibition of International Art for Palestine" (Beirut, 1978), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Salti’s articles and essays have been published in The Jerusalem Quarterly Report (Palestine), Naqd (Algeria), MERIP (USA), The London Review of Books (UK), Afterall (USA) and Third Text (UK), to cite a few. In 2011 and 2012, she was invited to be the guest-editor of the Manifesta Journal issues number 14, 15 and 16, published by the Manifesta Foundation. In 2006, she edited Insights into Syrian Cinema: Essays and Conversations with Filmmakers (ArteEast and Rattapallax Press) and in 2009, she collaborated with photographer Ziad Antar on an exhibition and book titled Beirut Bereft, The Architecture of the Forsaken and Map of the Derelict. In 2010, she co-edited I Would Have Smiled: A Tribute to Myrtle Winter-Chaumeny with Issam Nassar, a book dedicated to the legacy of British photographer founder of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency photographic archive.