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
10 January - 2 February, 2019
Text by Natasha Gasparian
Nasser Hussein paints in earthy yellows and browns and slightly cooler grays. Shades of almond, ecru, bistre, beaver, chocolate, russet, rust, sand, liver, taupe, walnut, and slate gray, with occasional dashes of citron produce a warmth in tone which belies the detachment in subject matter. Hussein paints faceless and anonymous, distant, almost impersonal human figures. Captured off-guard (as if by a camera) in peripheral moments of the everyday, time moves, though slowly. In an absurdist impulse, the individual is caught alone in moments of imaginary identification or utter stultification. Produced with acrylics and watercolors, Hussein’s surface appears powdery and matte; flat, though perspectival space is maintained so that the lone figure in each painting appears to exist in a vacuum – a self-enclosed world in which human activity is denaturalized and mirrored back to us.