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3 Lebanese artists to discover in Paris right now

Between the mandatory health pass and the fear of a 4th wave, we can't help but think that we should hurry up and take advantage of all the cultural outings that Paris has to offer to its inhabitants. And on this subject, Lebanese art lovers are likely to get their money's worth as several artists are currently exhibited in the city of light.

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Ali Cherri 

 

Ali Cherri is a Lebanese artist working in video and installation. His varied practice focuses on the documentation and presentation of heritage and environment in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries. With “Return of the Beast”, he questions our view of the “monstrous“, and our perception of monsters of all shapes and sizes (perhaps also their perception of us). Installed at the Imane Farès gallery (rue Mazarine, in the heart of the 6th arrondissement) for the fourth time, he presents an army of fantastic creatures, between sculptures and canvases, which move us between anxiety and sweetness. But hurry up, the exhibition ends on July 23rd! 

 

 

Tarek Atoui

 

Artist and composer based in Paris, he is currently exhibiting his installation, called The Ground, in parallel with the exhibition of the Pinault collection at the Bourse de Commerce (the Pinault Foundation, opens its doors to visitors at 2 rue de Viarmes, in the 1st arrondissement). Located in the foyer, in the basement, it offers a space that is both visual and sonorous, inspired by his travels, and in particular his work in the Pearl River Delta, in China. This small world of wood and ceramics comes to life when the artist activates it by touch, producing ethereal and disconcerting sounds, to the delight of visitors. 

 

 

Marie Ward

 

At only 25 years old, this young artist and director born of Lebanese parents, whose short film Un mal sous le bras was particularly acclaimed by the critics, is currently exhibiting at the Balice Hertling gallery, in the Belleville district, in Paris. Her installation includes the work of the aforementioned short film, as well as another project entitled Les eaux d’artifice. The combination of the two gives a great photo and video project, the result of two years of research aiming to understand, trace the construction of an identity and a class consciousness in Lebanon, its links with France and the future of their ideals. Again, please note that the exhibition ends on July 23rd.