Thursday, April 28, 2022
MENART FAIR in Paris, May 19-22, 2022
Art from the Levant: Rise in power of the artistic world's mutations
The Levant is a region where both modern and contemporary artists have re-appropriated their chaotic and unstable daily lives and integrated them into their art. The contemporary creation of these regions knows a strong development, conveyed by the Arab uprisings. Faced with a duty of memory, they keep alive past events and are interested in the longer-term impacts of these conflicts on the populations.
The experience of the civil war in Lebanon and the Arab-Israeli conflict constitute issues of memory that artists, particularly Palestinian and Jordanian, seize upon to denounce the silences, the occultations and the unspoken (notions of territory, refugees and traditions).
Lebanon is a central place in the region, of contemporary cultural production. Indeed, it possesses this singular ability to capture cultural flows from various sources and to play a role of mediation and filter for movements and styles, born in the West or elsewhere, in order to translate them into its own artistic frameworks.

Serge Najjar (Lebanon), The Wave, 2016, photograph mounted on aluminium,
100 x 100 cm – 2016,
©Galerie Bessières

Jacques Vartabedian (Lebanon), Beautiful Destination 1, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 120cm,
©no/mad utopia

Anas Albraehe (Syria), Untitled, 2021,
Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm
©Saleh Barakat Gallery
At MENART FAIR, 35 Lebanese artists will be represented by 7 galleries: Art on 56th (Beirut), Galerie Bessières (Chatou), Esther Woerdehoff (Paris, Geneva), Galerie Salahin (Paris), Galerie Tanit (Beirut, Munich), no/mad utopia (Beirut), Saleh Barakat Gallery (Beirut).
In Syria, we observe the positioning of artists according to their degree of commitment to the regime in place. Feelings of community and national belonging have always coexisted with the sharing of broader identities, notably through Arabism and Islam.
At MENART FAIR, 6 Syrian artists will be represented, by 3 galleries: Art on 56th (Beirut), Galerie Tanit (Beirut, Munich), Saleh Barakat Gallery (Beirut).
Egyptian artists struggle between enthusiasm and oppression. Many of them are seeking more dialogue with the international art scene to counteract what they perceive as an excessive search for Egyptian style.

At MENART FAIR, 1 artist from Egypt will be represented, by Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels).

Kevork Mourad (Syria), Invisible Threads, 2021,
Acrylic on cotton tissue, plexi, 39.5 x 57 x 8cm,
©Galerie Tanit

Youssef Nabil (Egypt), Memory of a Happy Place, 2021,
hand-colored gelatin silver print, 99,5 x 138 cm, Edition 1/5,
©Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Iraqi artists mostly deal with cultural reclamation, denouncing the violence of war and Western interventions. Through the works of calligraphers, the dialogue between cultures and the pride of an artistic heritage emerges.

Sama Alshaibi (Irak), Eternal Love Song, 2019, Photogravure blind embossing with transparent ink relief rolled on Stonehhenge With 100% rag paper, Edition of 8, 63,5 x 50,8 cm
©Ayyam Gallery

Saddam Jumaily (Irak), Oily dream, 2017,
acrylic on canvas, 138 x 138 cm,
©Elmarsa Gallery

Muatassim Al Kubaisy (Irak), Amal, 2016, Bronze sculpture, 37 x 22 x 22 cm,
©Mono Gallery
At MENART FAIR, 4 artists from Iraq will be represented, by Ayyam Gallery (Dubai), Elmarsa Gallery (La Marsa, Dubai), Mono Gallery (Riyadh).

Practical information

Venue: Cornette de Saint Cyr, 6 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Dates: from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May 2022, from 12pm to 7pm
Press preview: Wednesday May 18, 2022, from 4pm to 6pm
Institutions opening: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 6pm to 10pm (by invitation only)


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