Curated by Charbel-joseph H. Boutros
Crisis Practice is an exhibition that groups a new generation of Lebanese
artists who were born during the war and who have mainly completed their
art studies abroad, a crucial remoteness that contributed to their
The aim of this exhibition is to show new trends, practices and attitudes within the Lebanese contemporary art scene that do not represent images of war, but are rather haunted by a buried malaise, reflection of an unstable history. The artworks presented in the exhibition Crisis Practice possess a conceptually autonomous presence that harbours a critical and political approach: a diary of absence, an impossible itinerary..., and an accumulation of preoccupations pervaded by a poetic disorder.
Workshop Gallery is a new 14.3m2 contemporary art exhibition space located in the suburbs of Beirut, a platform for emerging Lebanese and international artists.
The work shows the skill of putting the mind into expressing one thought, and the trials and errors it takes in order to get it right. Here, the orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals are shown by the attempts of typing a sentence without looking into the keyboard of the computer. The aim was reached after 87 trials.
Paul Hage Boutros was born in Lebanon in 1982. He majored in Mechanical
Engineering at the American University of Beirut; he then worked
and developed his own practice in video and mixed media. In 2010,
he moved to Gothenburg, Sweden where he completed his MFA at Valand
School of Fine Arts. In 2013, Hage Boutros became a laureate for the
UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary residency program at the National Museum of
Contemporary Art, Korea.
His works were exhibited at the Beirut Art Center, Rotterdam International Film Festival, SPLIT Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales, DEPO Istanbul, Mediterranea 16 Biennial, among others.
Three major themes emerge in Hage Boutros’s practice:
Are works that utilize junk objects, leftovers, wastes and remains to realize form. All these means are found trashed or dumped by an initial user who has no further use of them in terms of his/her own purposes of production. Hage Boutros is interested in giving life to these objects in order for the most mundane and disregarded to become endowed with a new grandeur. Alongside the notion of life comes the concept of time; the works stretch, transform and play with our perception of time. Time is held in suspense in order to evoke our attention and curiosity to what has been neglected, rejected and ignored.
Are pieces that try to capture disregarded feelings, forgotten moments, emptiness and suppressed desires of the psyche. The works present a complex and obscure combination of imagination and emotion of the artist. It is a bridge between the unconscious and the conscious and an attempt to show the inner conflicts that structure man’s psychological life.
Are works governed by their own rules and laws; they establish an autonomous practice that does not serve other practice. Each work is an end in itself. They are a form of emancipation that produces a specific sensory experience, the aesthetic.