From November 25, 2015 to January 29, 2016
Galerie Tanit, Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon
Be it a given surface.
Bearer of human thought, memory tool.
This exhibition finds its genesis in paper, “Custodian of the ancient times.” As a material substrate, the space of the page is the flat surface where the marks that trace the beginning of all things as well as their secrets.
Paper space is the material body of a book, holders of our written traditions that keep nourishing our myths, shaping our knowledge and our memory.
This exhibition which references the birth of assembled knowledge should be seen like an ‘open book’ albeit a hidden or long forgotton volume that lives only in fantasy. Our selection of works will attempt to trace bit by bit the poetic content of this imagined space and its lost meanings. Here, the eye wanders between graphic narratives, mental maps, fragments of research on complex ecosystems, all the works being shown are closely linked to thier paper surfaces through different marks and gestures. Most of the works despite their differences in some way help to narrate the inside of this ‘open book’.
Before curious eyes stories will unfold, stories of life and death: unnamed legends, readings and interpretations of the natural, biology studies, chemistry, botany and astronomy. On the surface of the paper all forms of knowledge will become figurative, each in its turn rational or celestial express their relative or an absolute knowledge.
L’espace de la feuille, a range of possibilities where knowledge and imagination express themselves. A place where science and magic are intertwined, where the tangible and the dreamworld meet to tell tales about the infinitely small and the infinitely large, and at the same time celebrate the beauty of world and its complexity.