Malu Halasa writes and edits books about the Middle East. Her occasional book series, Transit, features new writing and images from Middle Eastern cities and includes Transit Tehran (with Maziar Bahari) and Transit Beirut (2004). She is co author of The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design (with Rana Salam); Kaveh Golestan: Recording the Truth in Iran (with Hengameh Golestan); and Creating Spaces of Freedom: Culture in Defiance (with Els van der Plas).
She curated Transit Tehran: Art and Documentary from Iran for Atrium Gallery, London School of Economics and The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie was exhibited at the Kunsthal Rotterdam and Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam. Her lectures include Alternative Histories: Middle Eastern and North African Portraiture; Photography, Art, Documentary, Art and Fashion Today, National Portrait Gallery, London (2011); Contemporary Iranian Photography featuring Newsha Tavakolian at Passion for Perfection: Islamic Art from the Khalili Collection” (2011), Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam; Syria’s racy lingerie culture for “Bashar al-Assad’s First Decade – A Period of Transition for Syria?” Conference at CMES, University of Lund, Sweden (2010), among many others.
As managing editor of the imprint of the Prince Claus Fund, she started a line of visually led books about culture from around the world. In London, she was a founding editor of Tank magazine. Presently she is Editor-at-Large for Portal 9, Literature and Critical Writing about the City, an architectural and urban planning biannual from Beirut. Her publications provide a complex view on Middle Eastern culture, fashion and politics.