Sixty-One Faces of Winter, Omar Khouri presents
a series of his signature portraits, executed in acrylic and
gouache, but turning away from his earlier exploration of politics
and identity, towards introspection. All these self-portraits
were conceived as a visual journal, painted day by day, in the
course of a two-month long artistic residency in Paris, during
the winter of 2013. The concept of portrait, in its attempt
to capture the objective reality of a person, is expanded into
traces and sentiments, sometimes amalgamating with the surrounding
environment, sometimes hiding.
a sequence, this almost cinematic performance of figure and
form, transforms the gallerys exhibition space into a
three-dimensional site where an arresting image of human solitude
becomes omnipresent and veers away from the vanity of the portrait:
How to represent ourselves in this age and time? How to represent
ourselves under the conditions of technology and dispersion?
The artist is testing the boundaries of these possible representations
and treating portraiture as introspection. A dialogue between
different orders of memory and experience is established through
layer and difference.
Khouri was born in London in 1978, and spent his formative years
in Lebanon. He earned a degree from the Massachusetts College
of Art and Design. After working in cinema and television in
Los Angeles, he returned to Beirut. Khouri founded in 2006 Samandal,
the first experimental comics periodical in the Arab world.
His work spans across painting, comics, animation, theater,
film and music. He lives and works between Beirut and London.