Charbel-joseph H. Boutros and Stéphanie Saadé
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros
b. 1981, Lebanon / Lives and works between Beirut and Paris
In his work invisibility is charged with intimate, geographical and historical layers, finding poetic lines that extend beyond the realm of existing speculations and realities. Being born amidst the Lebanese conflict, his art is not engaged in an explicit political and historical reflection, but is more accurately haunted by the said political and historical reflection.
H. Boutros was a resident at The Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France and was a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. His first extensive institutional exhibition in Europe, The Sun Is My Only Ally was recently shown at S.M.A.K. Museum, Ghent, Belgium.
His work has been shown internationally at: The 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey / Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France / Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy / Centre Pompidou - Metz, France / S.M.A.K. Museum, Ghent, Belgium / Home Works 8, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut / CCS Bard College, New York, USA / 3rd Bahia Biennial, Salvador, Brazil / 1st Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan, China / CCA, Warsaw, Poland / More Konzeption Conception Now, Morsbroich Museum, Leverkusen, Germany / Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE / Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon / La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art, France / Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
A permanent installation ‘Sueur d’étoile’, that he realized with the French étoile dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot, inaugurated in 2016 remains on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. His works are in the collections of S.M.A.K. Museum, Ghent, Belgium / CNAP, Paris, France / Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.
b. 1983, Lebanon / Lives and works between Beirut, Paris and Amsterdam
The work of Stéphanie Saadé develops a language of suggestion, playing with poetics and metaphor. She shares clues, signs, imageless and occasionally silent trails with us, which interact like the words of a single sentence. It is for the viewer to decipher them, as would an archaeologist faced with traces, fossils, and fragments. This enigmatic quality often stems from the artist’s own experience. In her oeuvre, personal experience is invoked exclusively as a universal subject.
Stéphanie Saadé graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China. She was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2014/2015), and the Cité Internationale des arts, Paris (2015). Saadé is the 2018-19 recipient of the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) 3Package Deal program, a 1 year Interhistoricity scholarship linked to 4 renown museums and institutions of the city of Amsterdam.
She has had institutional solo exhibitions in Marres, House for Contemporary Culture (2021), in Maastricht, The Netherlands, Jameel Arts Centre (2021), in Dubai, UAE, Museum Van Loon (The Travels of Here and Now, 2019) in Amsterdam, Parc Saint Léger (Crossing States, 2018), and Maison Salvan (Destiny Without a Beholder, 2018) in France, Museum Van Loon (The Travels of Here and Now, 2019) in Amsterdam. Her work has also been exhibited at Punta della Dogana, Venice / MOCA Toronto / Les Abattoirs, Toulouse / La Criée, Rennes / Sharjah Biennale 13, Sharjah / MAXXI, Rome / MuHKA, Antwerp / Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel / National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík / Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo / Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad / Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, New York / Marres, Maastricht / La Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville, Alfortville / Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau / Mosaic Rooms, London / Casa Árabe, Madrid / Casa Árabe, Cordoba / La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia / Home Works 7, Beirut / Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers / Van Eyck, Maastricht / Le 59e Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge / Beirut Art Center, Beirut / Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut /A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah / Qalandyia International Biennial, Qalandyia.
Stéphanie Saadé’s works are in the collection of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE, Saradar Foundation, Lebanon, MAXXI Rome, Italy and FMAC Paris, France.