photo by Joe KesrouaniBorn in Paris on the 6th of March 1980, Joanna Andraos, moves to Beirut after the civil war. Drawn by the performing arts and their different facets, she decides to pursue a bachelor in acting at the Chaillot National School of Theatre and returns to Paris from 1998 to 2005. In parallel, she explores her new found interest in photography, which constitutes for her an alternative way of grasping the scene and the inhabitable space. In 2000, she produces her first photo exhibition in Beirut: Appetite.
In 2002 she embarks on a creative collaboration with the photographer Caroline Tabet, where the two of them work firstly on the short film Faim de Communication then go on to establish their duo Engram in 2003. This platform aims to carry out photographic series and installations, combining analogue and digital photography formats along with video and sound.
ln parallel, Joanna pursues her solo career in photography where she explores the different mechanical and chemical manipulation of negatives shaping a new dimension to her subjects: the transformation of representation into suggestion. In 2005, her series Runa was held in Beirut and in the framework of a collective show at the gallery Chambre-avec-Vues in Paris in September 2006. From 2009 to 2011, Runa toured in various exhibitions held in Dubai and Istanbul.
She was also selected to take part of Photomed in it's edition in 2013 at Sanary-sur-mer, to present her photographic series Stalker, which she also exhibited at Photomed's first edition in Beirut, January 2014.
In 2017, Engram received the Jury Special Prize for their work in Conversation with my friend, awarded at the 32nd Salon d'automne in Sursock museum. Engram's last work Notes sur Arabi was exhibited in the framework of Les possibles de la photographies- la collection 0069FA: une archive à l'œuvre during the festival Rencontres de la photographie at Arles in July 2019.
Joanna's artistic work stirred her interest in the psychological process of her artwork which led her to pursue her masters in clinical psychology at the Saint-Joseph University of Beirut. Today she works both as a psychoanalyst and photographer in Beirut.