School of Art and Design


Ms Leslie Hakim-Dowek

  • Qualifications: High Dip., BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – BA (Hons) Photography
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5696
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  • Department: School of Art and Design
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I have been teaching across many modules on the Photography degree and was previously Course Leader of Access Art and Design. My degree and postgraduate studies were in Fine Art (Painting) but for many years now, my practice has been photography-based and is sometimes combined with text/creative writing.  I have continued to explore issues of identity, memory and migrancy relating to my place of birth, the Lebanon, with over-arching leitmotivs of War and the wilderness.

Teaching Responsibilities


  • Storytelling and The Photobook, a first year practical unit exploring themes of ‘Psychogeography’ and the ‘Epic and Everyday’ in book or sequential formats.
  • Introduction to Professional Practice, a first of three units across the degree course focusing on key transferable skills with Work Experience and a Personal Portfolio as the main outcomes.


  • Storytelling and The Photobook (Year 1 )                   
  • Introduction to Professional Practice (Year 1)
  • City Spaces (Year 1)
  • Set Brief (Year 3)
  • Dissertation Supervision (Year 3)


Linked to my ongoing interest on how history, personal identity and memory can be articulated to reclaim representations and speak of multiple diasporas, I have recently been involved in an Arts and Humanities Research Culture Network scheme titled ‘Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories’ (2012-2014). As the Visual advisor, I curated the main impact event namely the exhibition ‘East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City’ and helped to organize an International conference in June 2014 at Birkbeck College plus several interdisciplinary workshops and gallery events. As also relevant to my practice, other themes explored were how artists formed ‘archives’ to help deviate from the dominant narrative of the media and point to the multiplicity of narratives that made up these complex Ottoman cities as well as the nature of disputed memories and representations of particular attachments to land and place in spite of histories of trauma and exile.

On-going Research Projects and interests

  • Photography and oral history project: Portraits, storytelling and personal archive of migrants from minorities in the Middle-East focusing on hidden histories and transcultural memories.
  • Where Do Swans Come from? – ongoing photo-text representation of youth in the aftermath of the Lebanese war [available at]

Research profile

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