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Lamia Ziadé

Originally from Beyrouth, Lamia Ziadé moved to paris when she was 18 to study graphic arts at the Atelier Met de Penninghen. She made a name for herself designing fabrics for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake, having chronicles in several magazines as Vogue or Jalouse and creating cd jackets and movie posters. With many children books to her name, she went on to publish 'L'Utilisation Maximum de la Douceur', a book dedicated to sexual exploration and erotic self discovery, with a text by Vincent Ravalec. Her two solo exhibitions at the Galerie Kamel Mennour in 2002 and 2006, her contribution to the 'Girls, Girls, Girls' collective show at the CAN (Centre d'Art de Neuchatel) and to 'Sexy Souks' at le Point Ephemere were a continuation of these sensual meanderings. Her large-format canvases invite us into a series of pop interiors where east meets west and bound, passionate women are consumed by strange desires in curious positions. Lamia Ziadé offers us a chance to re-explore the nature of desire, with a touch of humour and taste of obsession.

Her most recent work is far away from that theme, it's about war in Lebanon in 75-76 (she lived in Beyrouth then) and its analogy with the events that are taking place in Lebanon today, a work on memory and war nostalgy ... It seems to be a real turn in her creative life, but in fact the pop spirit and the derision of her former work are still there despite the violence of the new subject.



Sample Work
 
Exhibition Tour:
Lamia Ziadé
'Hotel's War'

February 15 - April 5, 2008
Galerie Tanit, Munich
 
German press text and 6 Images