exhibition review

It’s a bird! It’s a man!

Semaan Khawam wants to redeem himself: he used to hunt birds with his father when he was a child. Now he’s asking for forgiveness — but gives away much more. This multidisciplinary artist could have rescued birds for all I know or written about them — and perhaps he does one or both —  instead… Continue reading It’s a bird! It’s a man!

exhibition review

Maidames have arrived

Chaza Charafeddine, Vera in Red, 2017-2018. In Maidames, Chaza Charafeddine reaffirms her engagement against controversial human rights issues plaguing Lebanese society, and pursues her mission to use art as a tool to force a public confrontation with them, through photographs whose subjects transcend their daily conditions and regain pride, power, agency, and dignity, relishing in their incarnating… Continue reading Maidames have arrived

exhibition review

Catching Dreams with Anas Albraehe

There could be something creepy, even perverse, about watching someone sleep.  In Fuseli’s 1781 The Nightmare, an incubus, symbolizing one sleeping woman’s nightmares and desires, casts a libidinous gaze over her. She is the willing victim, seductively reclining, perhaps in drug-induced ecstasy, the curves of her body revealing themselves under a flowy nightgown. What Anas Albraehe shows… Continue reading Catching Dreams with Anas Albraehe

art fair, exhibition review

From Agial to Daumier and back

  The sculpture-centric Agial booth sought to reevaluate the significance of a sometimes misunderstood, or, underappreciated, art form through experimental works by artists such as Abdulrahman Katanani (pictured), Ziad Abillama, Saloua Raouda Choucair, and Ayman Baalbaki. The project brought to mind this 1857 caricature of the Salon de Paris by Honoré Daumier…