current exhibition




TANBAK

In Transit








TANBAK (Beirut, b. 1954)
A self-taught artist, Tanbak works across painting and installation, with a particular focus on historical and conceptual themes. At the intersection between research and visual form, the artist deploys singular strategies to approach her complex subject matters (warfare and warriors, the movement of the body in space, abstract color fields, the nature of art).
Since 1997, she has been widely exhibited in Lebanon. Musée Sursock, 1998, 2000, 2003; Agial Art Gallery, 2002.

In Transit
“The state of being ‘in transit’ is no longer a novelty or an exception, but a political reality shaped by the globalization narrative of a borderless world, safeguarded behind endless borders, fences and invisible division lines: Vast swathes of the earth are now inhabited by peoples in transit: Refugees from war, victims of genocide, internal and urban displacement, city slums and stateless people. Drawing on her childhood memories from the Armenian ghetto in the Bourj Hammoud of the 1960s and 1970s, Tanbak’s canvases materialize the condition of the ‘temporary dwelling’ as a seamless and uncontrollable dystopian growth. Painted in neutral white, these architectural installations cum sculptures-paintings, shed light on a body politic obscured by anonymity and invisibility. Using fragile materials, Tanbak’s work bears witness to the untold stories of these invisible persons. The ubiquity of these hidden cities, on the margin of our cities, is an acute reminder of the way we live now: Always in the elsewhere, everywhere and nowhere at the same time.”
Arie Amaya-Akkermans






Mixed media, 80x80cm, 2014 ref.# tb-01









Mixed media, 60x60cm, 2014 ref.# tb-02






Mixed media, 60x60cm, 2014 ref.# tb-03









Mixed media, 60x60cm, 2014 ref.# tb-04








Mixed media, 60x60cm, 2014 ref.# tb-05









Mixed media, 60x60cm, 2014 ref.# tb-06







Mixed media, 80x80cm, 2014 ref.# tb-07








Mixed media, 100x100cm, 2013 ref.# tb-08






Mixed media, 100x100cm, 2013 ref.# tb-09


 




Mixed media, 60x60cm, 2014 ref.# tb-10








Mixed media, 65x65cm, 2014 ref.# tb-11







Mixed media, 47x121cm, 2014 ref.# tb-12







Mixed media, 60x60cm, 2014 ref.# tb-13




 
2-20 September , 2014
   
   

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