Kamel Lazaar Foundation

Foundation - Tunis / Tunisia

Created in 2005


Created in 2005, the Foundation is initiated and chaired by Kamel Lazaar, an international financier and a philanthropist of Tunisian origin. A foundation under Swiss law and headquartered in Geneva, the Kamel Lazaar Foundation (KLF) has offices in London and Tunis. KLF produces and supports artistic and cultural projects in the  MENA(Middle East North Africa) region. Although it is mainly specialized in culture and contemporary visual arts, KLF is becoming increasingly involved in the projects linked to heritage and education. In Tunisia, KLF is represented by a Tunisian association bearing the same name.

The Kamel Lazaar Foundation possesses a collection of more than 1000 works of art, representing the different modern and contemporary art trends in the MENA(Middle East North Africa) region. The most renowned artists and those who are making a proper mark on the current art scene are present in this collection, through their works of sculpture, painting, installation, photography, drawing or printmaking. The diversity of this collection offers a complete panorama of the artistic scene in the region, where issues like thinking about identity, the position of women, abstraction and figurative representation are tightly intertwined.

Missions & Objectives:

Producing knowledge and supporting research on visual culture in the MENA region and beyond (Ibraaz, KLF Publishing, etc.);
Philanthropic activities: supporting artists, artistic events and cultural projects (grants, fellowships, etc.);
Organizing cultural and artistic events with a view to promoting art and artists in the MENA region (conferences, exhibitions, festivals, etc.);
Heightening awareness of artistic culture and democratizing art;
Building a cultural and artistic momentum through the development of debates, dialogues and exchange platforms on visual arts across the region and beyond;
Initiating educational projects that contribute to the provision of quality education in public schools;
Preserving heritage through targeted projects (restoration initiatives, raising awareness, etc.);
Promoting an art collection in order to enhance artistic practices, with the aim of opening contemporary art spaces to develop excellence in visual arts production in the region (Art center, museum, art residencies, etc.)


Kamel Lazaar: President of Kamel Lazaar Foundation
Lina Lazaar: Vice President of Kamel Lazaar Foundation


Soumaya Gharsallah-Hizem: Managing Director
Anthony Downey: Editor-in-Chief of Ibraaz
Sabah Ennaïfar: Project Coordinator
Elsa Despiney: Collection Manager (consultant)
Khouloud Soula: Projects Developer
Leila Ben khelil: Communication Manager


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