Ashraf Osman – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Ashraf_250x300Ashraf Osman is a curator, critic and historian of olfactory art. He is co-founder of the Scent Culture Institute in Switzerland, a think-tank that focuses on the sense of smell in culture, business, and society; and creator of, an online resource/selection of scent art in the 21st century. Ashraf is also the founder-director of Artinect, a consultancy that connects art and people, virtually and physically.

Ashraf conducted his postgraduate curatorial studies (Master of Advanced Studies) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). There he focused both on socially-engaged and olfactory art, writing a historical overview of the latter in the 20th century.

Before that, Ashraf worked for more than 10 years as an architect in the US. He did his graduate architectural education (Master of Architecture) at Syracuse University (NY) and worked in Princeton (NJ) and Philadelphia (PA), where he taught Interdisciplinary Design Foundations for 2 years at Philadelphia University.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Ashraf holds a degree (Bachelor of Science) in biology from the American University of Beirut. He is currently curating a traveling olfactory art exhibition project titled Scents of Exile, in partnership with Syndicate in Beirut and Givaudan in Dubai and Paris.