Monya Riachi


Monya Riachi is an interdisciplinary artist.  Her practice is material driven and research-led, and is explored through sculpture, installation, moving image, sound and writing. Her work centres matter as a site of meaning, narrative and archive, and explores themes around loss, ecological transformation, the politics of land and time. Through a broader meditation on socio-ecological transformation, her practice engages with Karen Barad’s theory of agential realism - where matter is generative in bringing forth [new matter and] new worlds.

Monya is based London and works between the United Kingdom and Lebanon. She is the recipient of the 2024 Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Award. Her work has been exhibited in Glasgow, Beirut and London. Previous residencies inclue Material Futures  at Cove Park in 2023 and Ashkal Alwan Beirut in 2022. She holds an MFA with distinction from Glasgow School of Art and has a prior background in architecture. 

Selected Exhibitions

2024 - Forthcoming solo show, Lewisham Arthouse, London
2023 - Life is Short!  curated by Kate Holford, Glasgow, U.K
2023 - Encounters, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon
2023 - MFA Degree Show, Glasgow, U.K
2023 - Short Lapses Long Rolls, Glasgow, U.K
2022 - MFA Interim Show,  Glasgow, U.K.
2022 - Do Something,  Glasgow, U.K.
2021 - Rinse, curated by Holly Macdonald, Glasgow
2020 - ASC Open,  London, U.K.

Residencies & Awards

​2024 - Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Award
2023 - Cove Park Material Futures Residency
2022 - Ashkal Alwan Residency


2023 -  MFA Master of Fine Art (distinction), Glasgow School of Art
2013 -  BArch (Architecture), American University of Beirut