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Rayyane Tabet: Encounters @ Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

29.11.2019

Exhibition Recommended by by Aaron Cezar, founding Director of Delfina Foundation in London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London | : 29.11.2019 - 14.12.2019

“Rayyane Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and place, offering alternative perceptions or paradoxical views of political and personal events in an historical timeline presented here within the parameters of sculpture and found objects. Tabet explores the relationship between past and present, memory and reality. Like an archaeologist, he unearths hidden narratives in experiences and materials whose existence and content give rich meaning to his sculptural installations. His creative process often begins with a chance ‘encounter’ from which a story unfolds. For Tabet, stories have layered dimensions that go beyond the purely factual. Often the surreal coincidence of an encounter will set off an exploration of personal memories and the collective experience.” (…)

 

Artist Biography

Rayyane Tabet, born 1983, lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Drawing from his experience and self-directed research, Tabet explores stories that offer an alternative understanding of major socio-political events through individual narratives. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, his work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance. His most recent and upcoming solo shows include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019; Parasol unit, London, 2019; Carré d’Art, Nîmes, Kunstverein, Hamburg, 2017; daadgalerie, Berlin, 2017; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2017; Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2016; and TROUW Amsterdam, 2014. His work has featured in Manifesta 12, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 15th Istanbul Biennial, the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, the 6th Marrakech Biennale, the 10th and 12th Sharjah Biennial, and the 2nd New Museum Triennial. He is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award of the Sharjah Biennial, 2011, the Jury Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, 2012, and the Abraaj Group Art Prize, 2013.


 

Exhibition recommended by Aaron Cezar

Photo: Tim Bowditch. Courtesy Delfina Foundation

Aaron is the founding Director of Delfina Foundation, where he develops, curates and oversees its interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions and public platforms. He has positioned Delfina Foundation as a meeting point and incubator of creative talent, forming partnerships with leading institutions internationally. Independently and through Delfina Foundation, he has sat on numerous boards, committees and advisory groups such as All Change Arts, Shubbak, Davidoff Art Initiative, Caspian Arts Foundation, the Young Arab Theatre Fund, the Marrakech Biennale, Art Brussels, Crossroads Art Fair, and Alserkal Avenue. He has been a jury member for a number of awards, including the Jarman Award (2012), LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award (Vol.4 – 2016), and many others. In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Arts.

 


 


Image credits:

 

Image #1

Installation view at Parasol unit, London. 2019

Image #2

Three Logos , 2013.

Powder-coated steel.

Image #3

Three Logos , 2013.

Powder-coated steel.

Image #4

Steel Rings , 2013.

28 of 1,213 rolled-steel rings engraved with location details along the Trans-Arabian Pipeline.

Image #5

Installation view at Parasol unit, London. 2019
Image #6

A Short History of Lebanon , 2018.

Cedar wood, six modified books.

Image #7

A Short History of Lebanon , 2018. Cedar wood, six modified books.

Image #8

A Short History of Lebanon (detail), 2018.

Cedar wood, six modified books.

Image #9

A Short History of Lebanon (detail), 2018.

Cedar wood, six modified books.

Image #10

Installation view at Parasol unit, London. 2019
Image #11

How To Play Beirut , 2009.
Archival inkjet print.

Image #12

La Mano de Dios , 2016.
Adapted radio transmitter.

Image #13

The Sea Hates a Coward , 2015.

Wooden oars, rope, pulley.

Image #14

The Sea Hates a Coward, 2015.

Wooden oars, rope, pulley.

Image #15

Friday, September 1, 2006 , 2006-2019.

Newspaper

Image #16

Colosse Aux Pieds d’Argile , 2015.
16 marble and sandstone columns, 19 marble and sandstone bases, 292 concrete cylinders.

Image #17

Colosse Aux Pieds d’Argile , 2015.
16 marble and sandstone columns, 19 marble and sandstone bases, 292 concrete cylinders.

All images: Installation view of Rayyane Tabet: Encounters at Parasol unit, London. Photography by Benjamin Westoby.
Courtesy the artist and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.

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