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Over the years, SGBL has proven to be at the forefront of the cultural scene in the region and a strong promoter of art in all its forms. 

Within this context, SGBL supports, for the fourth year running, emerging artists from across the MENA region with the REVEALING section, in partnership with BEIRUT ART FAIR. 

This leading platform offers promising talents a privileged access to collectors and fairgoers and creates professional contacts among the various actors present at this must-attend fair.

To celebrate ten years of BEIRUT ART FAIR, REVEALING by SGBL has invited independent curator Rachel Dedman, who selected an outstanding group of 10 artists from the MENA region following an open call answered by over 400 applicants. These emerging artists will showcase their artworks from 18 to 22 September 2019 within BEIRUT ART FAIR. 

Joanna Baloglou, Head of Corporate Communication at SGBL :

“SGBL, as a major player in the Lebanese cultural scene, has always been committed to supporting artistic creation in its many forms in the region. And today more than ever at BEIRUT ART FAIR, we can say that in 4 years, the REVEALING by SGBL platform has succeeded in bringing real expertise in the discovery of the talents of tomorrow. And this 10th edition will prove it!”

REVEALING by SGBL 2019 is pleased to announce its selected artists:


Balsam Abo Zour (Lebanon)

Yusef Audeh (Palestine)

Nadim Choufi (Lebanon)

Hadi Fallahpisheh (Iran)

Lynn Kodeih (Lebanon)


Cristiana De Marchi (Italy-Lebanon)

Hussein Nassereddine (Lebanon)

Ieva Saudargaite Douaihi (Lithuania-Lebanon)

Ghita Skali (Morocco)

Maya-Ines Touam (Algeria)

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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