Open house exhibitions on Contemporary Syrian Art in Paris: this month of June will be dedicated to Nagham Hodaifa & Alaa Abou Shaheen
Date: 29-30 June 2018
Throughout the year 2018, more than 20 Syrian artists will be honoured in various venues in Paris as part of the "Open House exhibitions on Contemporary Syrian Art" (Portes ouvertes sur l'art contemporain Syrien).
This month of June will be dedicated to Nagham Hodaifa and Alaa Abu Shaheen. Their exhibition will take place 29-30 June 2018 at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris (17 bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris - Atelier 30, 3rd floor).
Nagham Hodaifa was born 1981 in the region of Sweida (Soueida). She graduated from the painting section at the School of Fine Arts in Damascus, and defended a thesis in art history at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. The central subject of her pictorial work is that of the body. Anonymous, fragmentary, feminine, nude or covered, the body is rarely associated with a face. The artist thus dares indirectly the question of the identity and the loss of the latter, but also of the relation to others. Nagham Hodaifa lives and works in Paris since 2005.
Born in 1983 and graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Damascus in 2006, Alaa Abu Shaheen worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Aleppo. His sculptures are made from scrap metal that he shapes by hammering, heating or welding. Between the horse and the donkey, the artist plays on the ambiguity of the resemblance between the two animals. From sculpture to sculpture, Alaa Abu Shaheen works on the qualities of the metal as raw material, a heavy and dense mass with a smooth appearance. The war but also more joyful elements of inspiration (especially related to his daughter Rita) are felt in his art. Alaa Abu Shaheen lives and works in Paris since 2013.
"Open House exhibitions on Contemporary Syrian Art" is an initiative of six personalities from the world of arts - three women from Paris and three from Syria, in collaboration with the association The Friends of the Red House and Syrian artists of Paris, in the purpose of getting people to know more about the singular universe of these artists and their productions. Residents in Paris since 2011 or before, these artists in exile enrich the artistic life of Paris, contribute to make Syrian art shine around the globe and firmly collaborate to creative dynamism despite difficult conditions.
Each open house event will begin Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm with a presentation of the artist's work at 7pm and will continue on Saturday from 11am to 6pm.
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