Curated by Sylvia Agémian
Exhibition coordination by Twig Collaborative
My life in art is a perpetual return to what resonates within me and what prompts me to open gates into unknown gardens: to plant and to weed, to prune and to cultivate, both senses and thoughts into a coherent, organic and complex whole.
I see my art as a garden without a fence having been watered by endless journeys of exile and of communion; of love and of separation; of milk and of merging mirrors.
I only hope that my garden is deep enough and expansive enough to contain you. For we are each other’s mirror. And our birth grows out of our joint reflection. My hope is that these reflections form the roots for more growth and more love. Despite all. Afaf Zurayk
Curated by Sylvia Agémian, this retrospective exhibition introduces us to the very heart of Afaf Zurayk’s artistic journey by grouping works created in a period that spans more than three decades. It unveils, through a variety of media, cycles, stages and themes, paintings that are at once heartfelt and meditative and yet impact us as much by their power as by their delicate spiritual quality.
18 January - 23 February, 2019
Two in One
7 February - 9 March, 2019
Rima Amyuni’s latest series of works extends the theme of idyllic mountainous landscapes from her last exhibition, Paradis Fleuris. The subject of this work is informed by the artist’s immediate surroundings – her house, studio, and garden in the suburban town of Yarzé, Lebanon – but corresponds to a state of mind rather than a particular place. Painted in oils and acrylics of radiating color, Yarzé, which is only fifteen kilometers southeast of the city of Beirut, appears as a bucolic place far removed from the anxieties and pressures of everyday life.
Rima Amyuni was born in Beirut in 1954. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the Byam Shaw School of Art (now part of the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design) in London and a degree in Visual Arts from Columbia University in New York City. She has had solo exhibitions in Beirut at Epreuve d’Artiste Gallery in 1998 and at Alice Mogabgab Gallery in 2007, 2009, and 2011. Agial Art Gallery hosted her last two exhibitions, her contentious solo exhibition, A Tribute to a House Fairy about the plight of domestic workers in Lebanon in 2015, and Paradis Fleuris in 2017. She has taught at the Lebanese Academy of Arts (ALBA) and at the two secondary schools Louise Wegman and Jesus and Mary. In 1995, she won the first prize in painting at Sursock Museum’s Salon d’Automne. She lives and works in Yarzé, Lebanon, a place which inspires the subjects of her paintings.