Saleh Barakat Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Katya Traboulsi titled Perpetual Identities.
The show puts on display 46 hand-crafted replicas of Lebanese war bombshells adorned with colorful patterns, beads and sculpted forms. Each of these bombshells take on a different iconography which is associated with a national identity. The interplay between the form of the bombshell and the iconographic content posits a tension between war and culture. The transformation of destructive military objects into beautiful ornate vessels proposes that culture will ultimately survive in these dark times. The opening night of the exhibition will coincide with the launch of a book on the project. A book signing will be held at 8pm.
Katya Traboulsi (b.1960) is a Beirut-based multimedia artist. Traboulsi lived and worked in Dubai from 1989 till 2016 before returning to her native Beirut. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1986 in Paris, London, Dubai, Kuwait, North America, the Algerian museum of Modern Art and the International Armory Show in New York. In 2013, Traboulsi published a book titled Generation War, which presented a body of work that traced the story of photojournalists who had witnessed the civil war during the 1980s. It was conceived by the artist as an homage to their efforts, and a political project that sought to record the country’s complex histories.
9 March - 24 April, 2018
15 March - 7 April, 2018
For nearly a decade, Serwan Baran has employed the figure of the dog as the central motif in his work. Drawing on its multifarious, and at times, ambiguous role across mythologies, Baran shifts the dog’s function between guardian, beast, weapon and friend. While in some of Baran’s paintings, the figure of the dog serves to comment on the ferocity of the American military forces, it is also used elsewhere to investigates the role of guardian performed by a figure such as Anubis in assisting the human soul’s transition to the afterlife. The dog is the link between life and death, or rather, life and the afterlife. In Baran’s gradual shift from 19th century realism, the human figure has receded. However, what remains in his more gestural work is the expression of the human’s animality.
Serwan Baran (b.1968) grew up in Baghdad. He received a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Babylon, and moved to Amman during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Baran has been living and working in Beirut since 2013. He has had solo exhibitions at Nabad Art Gallery in Amman (2013), Matisse Art Gallery in Marrakech (2013), among other galleries Damascus, Tokyo, and various Iraqi cities. He has participated in Cairo Biennale in 1999, Al-Kharafi Biennial in Kuwait in 2011, and the fourth Marrakech Biennale in 2012. Most recently, his work was included in the 2018 exhibition “Face Value: Portraiture” at Saleh Barakat Gallery.
Baran is a member of several artist associations including, the International Association of Art, the Iraqi Fine Artists Association and the International Network for Contemporary Iraqi Artists.