The REVEALING by SGBL platform give a voice to emerging talents, selected by a different curator every year, in the aim of offering them unmissable visibility, a privileged access to art professionals and collectors, as well as a unique occasion to interact with the public within a professionally scenographied space public at the heart of BEIRUT ART FAIR.
To celebrate ten years of BEIRUT ART FAIR,REVEALING by SGBL invited curator Rachel Dedman to selected an outstanding group of 10 emerging artists from the MENA region following an open call answered by over 400 applicants.
Rachel Dedman, curator of REVEALING by SGBL 2019
There is no unifying theme to the platform. However, each artist’s work reflects—and in many case addresses—the range of personal, political and socio-economic conditions in which we live today across the MENA region. In this sense, REVEALING by SGBL bears witness to some of the urgencies and issues governing society, and the interests shaping artistic practice. Hadi Fallahpisheh’s monumental, long-exposure photographs engage with the contemporary nature of news and its circulation, while making use of fundamental photographic techniques, and the performance of the body in the darkroom. Ieva Saudargaite Douaihi’s work addresses age-old questions about photography’s relationship to its referent, using sculpture to make image and object meet tangibly. For Maya-Ines Touam, photography is a site to play with the construction of identities: in her work, symbols of contemporary Algeria meet tropes of Western vanitas painting.
Ghita Skali’s video work explores tensions between nature and technology in the service of surveillance in Morocco, while Nadim Choufi examines how sexuality and identity are mediated through technology, at the intersection of the human and the digital. Notions of national identity are pursued through the tactility of embroidery by Cristiana de Marchi, while Yusef Audeh and Balsam Abo Zour use painting to interrogate the mundane and the dark, the occupation and the allegory. Hussein Nassereddine’s graphic work explores the intimate histories of Arabic literature; while Lynn Kodeih considers the political potential latent in familiar landscapes.”
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