Anne Barrault gallery is pleased to propose Stéphanie Saadé’s first solo show in France.
Stéphanie Saadé was born in Lebanon, in the midst of the civil war. Today, she occupies a place on the new contemporary Lebanese art scene. Her works are rich of her travels and her stays in Lebanon as well as in China, in France and the Netherlands.
The strength of her work lies in it being both conceptual and sensitive. This is partly due to her use of reduced means which benefits richness of meaning.
Impossible love, made of two threads, one rising from the ground, the other coming down from the ceiling, and joining in their centre, forms a minimal installation. Apart from the means used, what is emphasized is the perception of the meeting of what rises from the ground and what comes down from above, a rare and difficult encounter made possible by the artist.
With Golden Memories, another impossible encounter takes place where the past becomes the mirror of the present. The memory, turned to gold, absorbs the present in a disturbing way. The immutable and the transitory encounter in Opposite Chain, where iron destined to disappear and stainless steel form the same chain.
This tension runs throughout Stéphanie Saadé’s work. She has thus entitled her exhibition En Dormance (in dormancy), this particular state where life awaits to begin.