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.
In No light in White Light / Night Cartography, H. Boutros collects the nights he slept, avoiding that those moments of poetic absence fall into permanent absence.
In this work H. Boutros tries to get a cartography of his nights, that are considered as obscure mysterious gap holes in our white days. The hours slept are erased from the day by a black spray. Each night slept produces a new drawing. The work becomes a diary of his nights, a diary of absence. H. Boutros’s Night Diary is a very symbolic gesture; it is a way of focusing on the night, on sleeping, which is a none productive and unconscious activity, a way to avoid the day, the present, as if the present is not so pleasant for the artist... Also this work is a manoeuvre that lets the artist produce art, while doing nothing. All nights since 2011 have been archived.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros’s work mingles romanticism, a heritage of conceptual art and obscurtism. The idea that something is here, yet inaccessible and missing is central in his production. His works attempt to melancholically give a form of presence to a permanent absence. His art is not engaged in anexplicit political and historical reflection, but is more accurately haunted by the said political and historical reflection.
H. Boutros was a researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He was a resident at the FAAP artist residency in Sao Paulo, Brasil in 2011 - 12 and in la Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2012 - 13. His works have been exhibited at the 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Untitled, Turkey; Beirut Art Center, Lebanon; MAM-BA Museum of Modern Art, Bahia, Salvador, Brasil; Galerie Anne Barrault, part of Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam; Grey Noise, Dubai; Jan Van Eyck, The Netherlands and his upcoming exhibitions will be at the 3rd Bahia Biennial, Brasil in May 2014, Palais de Tokyo, Paris in July 2014 and the Vancouver Biennale, 2014. H. Boutros will also be a resident at the Palais de Tokyo, Le Pavillon, Paris from October 2014 to May 2015.