Anas Albraehe observes, and in the medium of painting, represents the men who share his room, according to shift, when sleep has fallen upon them. He includes traces of their waking life within the frame. His subjects are laborers, men displaced by war, and who find no other refuge but under the temporary spell of sleep. Albraehe’s painting is warm, bright and intimate. It seeks to capture these men’s vulnerability; their humanity. Yet the traces that infiltrate from the edges of the frame are reminders of the increasing inseparability between sleep and wakefulness – in other words: the neglected politics of sleep.
Born in Syria in 1991, Anas Albraehe is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on painting and theatre performance. He received a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing from the Fine Arts University of Damascus, Syria in 2014. After the onset of war in Syria, he relocated to Lebanon where he obtained an MA in Psychology and Art Therapy from the Lebanese University in 2015. His recent work combines his interests in the fields of art and psychology to produce portraiture that explores the psychology of color and the gaze of the Other. Albraehe’s solo exhibition, titled Manal, was held respectively in Artspace Hamra in Lebanon and in Wadi Finan in Jordan, both in 2017. He has also participated in two group exhibitions, at Al-Bareh Galerie in Bahrain in 2015, and at Artspace Hamra in 2016. Albraehe participated in SAFIR TA’AROF 2017, an artist workshop as part of the Sharjah Art Biennial, 2016-2017.