Open Studios | Beirut Art Residency
Date: Thursday, February 22 | 7-10 PM
Location: Beirut Art Residency
Open Studios features the works of Beirut Art Residency’s current artists-in-residence: Beatriz Morales, Elena Gileva, Babak Kazemi and Pargol Einaloo.
At Open Studios, Beatriz presents a series of works influenced by how layers of time overlap visually on the facades of buildings and in the general cityscape of Beirut. Beatriz’s technique involves applying multiple coats of paint and other materials on media like wood and canvas, and then subject these layers to various degrees of decay and disruption. The resulting works read like a testimony of the passage of time, in which events are constantly covered up and replaced by new scenarios and layers of being.
While at BAR, Elena developed a series called ‘Archeology of a moment’. The works she presents symbolizes the ‘Remains of a subjective perception – Ruins of present labour’. Her work table is laid out with shards of the making, remains of the process that create the landscape of a personal museum. “I work through the references of the far and recent past, piled as layers of archeological strata scattered around contemporary landscape of identities and cultures. Drawing on the multiplicity of the references I intertwine them like coils of clay and create an impostor archeology of my own.”
Babak Kazemi and Pargol Einaloo
The core of Babak and Pargol’s practice is deeply embedded with political themes from the region, shaping the concept and methodology of their work. As collectors of found material, they have gathered archives from the local markets to investigate a time when Lebanon was considered ‘the bride of the middle east’, ironically falling upon old wedding albums from the 1960s which inspired the work they are presenting during Open Studios.
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