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#8 Monday 17th May 2021
MENART FAIR in Paris, May 27-30, 2021

Focus on photography
Hassan Hajjaj (Morocco), Sisterz, 2015, metallic Lambda print on 3 mm dibond, including frame, 106 x 141 x 5 cm, edition of 5, Courtesy of Hassan Hajjaj and the 193 Gallery
MENART FAIR’s journey is marked by photography. You will begin your visit by the structured, rigorous and architectural universe of Serge Najjar, which sounds like that of the great master of suprematism Kasimir Malevich. It is followed by a series of photographs by Hassan Hajjaj, works of elaborate and sophisticated composition where everything is inspired by the popular Afro-Moroccan aesthetic. Still on the same stand, Yoriyas in turn composes a paradoxical work where the pop graphics contrast with the characters locked in camisoles saturated with colors. Finally, Alia Ali, artist of Yemeni, Bosnian and American origins, questions the notion of identity, linguistics and borders, however her engaged work remains an aestheticism saturated with sun and colors.
Serge Najjar (Lebanon) A Glint of Light, 70 x 70 cm, 2018, Courtesy of Galerie Bessières
Chervine’s photography exudes a sweet melancholy: streets, buildings and characters remain suspended in a sort of freeze frame. His work is in the same vein as that of David Hopper. Farid Issa, founder of Atelier Relief, transforms photography into a wall sculpture. He collaborates for this edition with two Lebanese photographers Rami Mekdachi and Ali Kandil to compose his bas-reliefs.
 Rami Mekdachi & Atelier Relief Lebanon), Raoucheh, 2021, chromalux print, brushed aluminium, solid laminate, edition of 3, Courtesy of Atelier Relief
Reem Al Faisal‘s black and white photographs capture a look, a gesture taken on the spot. It seems that his characters challenged by our gaze turn around to look at us in turn. Michel Platnic revisits the history of art. Through his self-portraits, he reinterprets the works of Schiele and Bacon.
Reem al Faisal (Saudi Arabia), “Only the Lonely III”, analog print, 60 cm x 50 cm, Courtesy of Mono Gallery
No one needs to introduce Youssef Nabil, a photographer who has exhibited in major museums, art biennials and foundations. This artist creates dreamlike paintings enhanced with colors, like old films. His work exudes a form of deep nostalgia. Ahmed Mater, a Saudi artist whose work is exhibited in many museums, denounces the paradoxes of Saudi society and tends to reveal the political social problems that plague his country.
Leila Alaoui (Morocco) « Les Marocains », 2010, Lambda print mounted on Dibond, 150 x 100cm, Courtesy of Galleria Continua
Leila Alaloui, poses her models head-on, in a harsh light on a black background that exalts the costumes and plants her models like archetypes. Delel Tangour, is one of the first female photographers in the Maghreb. She presents a black and white triptych composed like a Haiku. His work evokes absence, silence, evanescence. All of these works here exhibited, express the richness, diversity and creative originality of artists from MENA countries (Middle East, North Africa).
Delel Tangour (Tunisia), Hya (triptyq), B/W silver prints on Hahnemuhle ultra smooth fine art paper, 24 x 30 cm, limited print 1/3, Courtesy of Ayn Gallery
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Cornette de Saint Cyr – 6 avenue Hoche – 75008 Paris  Tel : +33 1 47 27 11 24 Free access exclusively by online reservation here :
https://menartfair2021public.eventbrite.fr
Public access Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, from 12 pm to 6 pm, with online reservation, by time slot.
Collectors & institutions preview Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, from 10 am to 12 pm (by invitation) with mediation for groups. We are pleased to announce our partnership with Artsy, the leading global marketplace for discovering and collecting art online starting from 27th of May 2021.
Sanitary measures implemented by Cornette de Saint Cyr & MENART FAIR
In accordance with current French regulations, strict sanitary measures are put in place to guarantee the health and safety of all visitors : – Hands-free ticketing – One-way circuit in the fair – Wearing masks is compulsory – Availability of hydro-alcoholic gel – Real-time monitoring of site saturation.
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