October 25, 2019
“Portrait of Mark Abouzeid” by Jamie Coreth, 2016.

Over a 35 year career, Mark Abouzeid has worked in International Economics, Technology Development, Innovation Theory, Photojournalism, Documentary Filmmaking and Cultural Heritage.

Born in Princeton, N.J., to a Lebanese father and Irish-American mother, Mark Abouzeid moved countries for the first time at 10 months of age. Since then, he has lived and worked in over 35 countries including the polar arctic, bedouin deserts and countless seas.

His photos and feature articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Huntington Post, The Atlantic, New European, Daily Mirror, Sydney Morning Herald, Adventure Magazine and Forbes

In 2002, he was awarded a Prize for Peace from the region of Puglia for his photographic exhibit, “My Enemy My Brother”. His film about discovering his own heritage, “Finding My Lebanon”, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Subsequent short films have won awards in the US, France, India, Australia, and Lebanon.

“Amerigo Abouzeid” the artist as Amerigo Vespucci.

Abouzeid is most known for his series of portraits of modern-day, immigrant Florentines, placed into the poses, costumes, and props of classic Florentine paintings.

In 2012, Mark Abouzeid curated “The New New World” exhibition in one of the most important art spaces in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio. In addition to their hard work labour, a collective of international artists contributed their passion for this project. The exhibition’s intent was a constructive response to the immediate crisis caused by racist attacks in the city.

“The idea wasn’t to copy the originals — if that’s what he had wanted, he could have done so much more easily and with much more exacting results in Photoshop — he explained to me over email, but “to renew these subjects in a way to confront them with their predecessors.” By placing these extracomunitari into the artistic and material representation of Italy, he could make them a part of it.”

Rebecca Rosen, The Atlantic, April 4, 2013

Currently, he is the founder of Cedars Productions and Director of Filmmaking for Real Lives Multicultural Association. His films have received recognition at festivals around the world including Australia, France, India, Lebanon and the U.S.

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  1. Mark, I have just seen your “Finding My Lebanon” online. Remarkable. How sweet to see you speaking with your father and to see early pictures of Sandy, George and you kids together. Our families brief connection in Mendham, your father’s part in bringing Bon and Dave to Greece, shared times in Rumson with Sandy and George, however short lived, were wonderful for all of us, in many ways. My dad, Herb Kent, passed in January 2016. Ruth is 96. She will love your story. I was sorry to read of both your parent’s passing, but happy to have had our lives cross and intertwine in the interesting ways it did. Bravo. Gotta love a black sheep. Best to all you Abouzeids, Joyce (Kent) Lawrence

    1. Are you the Kents who lived on Mountainside Road? We used to celebrate some holidays together? Your father was a major force in my life. I used to visit him in the workshop, spending hours watching him work and realizing how much artisan craft meant to me. He is the reason I spend most of my time with traditional & artisan communities. I will never forget him. If this is the wrong Kent, excuse me…life is long and sometimes things get muddled.

  2. Would this be the Kent family of Mountainside Road? If so, I remember Ron Kent. My most favorable memory was when riding by on my bike, a great St. Bernard came chasing me from near the front porch. As my pulse rapidly increased and flight ensued, I heard a shout and turned in time to see Ron bean the dog with a rock, upon whence the dog wheeled around and let me pass. Thank you, Ron!!!

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