Saleh Barakat Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Katya Traboulsi titled Perpetual Identities.
The show puts on display 46 hand-crafted replicas of Lebanese war bombshells adorned with colorful patterns, beads and sculpted forms. Each of these bombshells take on a different iconography which is associated with a national identity. The interplay between the form of the bombshell and the iconographic content posits a tension between war and culture. The transformation of destructive military objects into beautiful ornate vessels proposes that culture will ultimately survive in these dark times. The opening night of the exhibition will coincide with the launch of a book on the project. A book signing will be held at 8pm.
Katya Traboulsi (b.1960) is a Beirut-based multimedia artist. Traboulsi lived and worked in Dubai from 1989 till 2016 before returning to her native Beirut. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1986 in Paris, London, Dubai, Kuwait, North America, the Algerian museum of Modern Art and the International Armory Show in New York. In 2013, Traboulsi published a book titled Generation War, which presented a body of work that traced the story of photojournalists who had witnessed the civil war during the 1980s. It was conceived by the artist as an homage to their efforts, and a political project that sought to record the country’s complex histories.
9 March - 28 April, 2018