Curator and writer, New York, Paris, and Toronto.
Rasha Salti (born 1969) is a curator and writer. She is presently an international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She joined TIFF in February 2011 as programmer for African and Middle Eastern Cinema.
From 2004 until 2010 she was the film programmer and creative director of ArteEast in New York. Her curated projects include: Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now (co-curated with Jytte Jensen), for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010-2012; 10th Sharjah Biennial (co-curated with Suzanne Cotter), Sharjah, 2011; and the retrospective of Syrian cinema The Road to Damascus (co-curated with Richard Peña), for the Film Society at Lincoln Center, 2006. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Afterall, The London Review of Books, and Naqd. She collaborated with Ziad Antar on the exhibition and publication Beirut Bereft, The Architecture of the Forsaken and Map of the Derelict (2009) and edited the book Insights into Syrian Cinema: Essays and Conversations with Filmmakers (2006). Salti lives in Beirut and works in New York, Paris, and Toronto.
Rasha Salti is an independent curator and freelance writer, working and living between New York City and Beirut. Trained as a printmaker, she earned a graduate degree in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research in New York City, in 2000. She has administered the organisation of a number of cultural events, including a tribute to Edward Said titled "For a Critical Culture" (Beirut, 1997), and a 3 months-long cultural season for the fiftieth commemoration of the tragedy of Palestine, titled "50, Nakba and Resistance" (Beirut, 1998). She has collaborated on the organisation of a number of festivals and international artistic manifestations, beginning with Moukhtar Kocache on the first Lebanese film and video festival in postwar Lebanon, titled "Image-Quest" (Beirut, 1995), and Ashkal Alwan, on the second and third editions of "Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices" (Beirut, 2003 and 2005). She is also the director of CinemaEast Film Festival, a festival of films from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas in New York City organised by ArteEast a non-profit arts organization based in the city. She writes about artistic practice in the Arab world, film, and general social and political commentary. Her essays, articles and chronicles, have been published in Arabic and English, in publications such as al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt), Zawaya (Lebanon), The Jerusalem Quarterly Report (Palestine), Naqd (Algeria), MERIP (USA), Bidoun (USA), in addition to contributions in catalogues for international festivals and artistic manifestations. In 2005, she earned the Phillip Shehadi award for new writing on the Middle East.
Lebanese, with roots extending throughout the Arab Levant, Salti lived in New York for eight years, working with ArteEast. The New York-Middle East nexus has been a key element in both her most recent project and her upcoming show.