Ania Soliman « ‘Terraform’- Artist Ania Soliman on people as ‘cyborg entities’», — Jim Quilty | via L'Orient Today, September 15, 2022
Ania Soliman « ‘Terraform’- Artist Ania Soliman on people as ‘cyborg entities’», — Jim Quilty | via L'Orient Today, September 15, 2022

« BEIRUT — The automobile-sized elevator clanks into place. Its doors slide open and out of them pour a smattering of artists and art lovers, to mingle with those already strolling Sfeir-Semler Gallery’s exhibition halls. It’s the opening night of “Terraform,” the Beirut debut of Paris-based artist Ania Soliman. » ...
 
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Ania Soliman « Ania Soliman, la nature à travers l’écran et l’écran à travers la nature », — Gilles Khoury | via L'Orient-Le Jour, September 7, 2022
Ania Soliman « Ania Soliman, la nature à travers l’écran et l’écran à travers la nature », — Gilles Khoury | via L'Orient-Le Jour, September 7, 2022

« À la veille du vernissage de « terraform », sa première exposition solo au Moyen-Orient, L’Orient-Le Jour a retrouvé Ania Soliman dans le local de la galerie Sfeir-Semler.  

À peine le tour démarre-t-il que l’artiste à la triple nationalité égyptienne, polonaise et américaine s’avoue submergée par les émotions. « Parce que regarder ces œuvres me ramène au moment de leur fabrication, et je dois admettre que c’était dur » ...
 
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Ania Soliman « ANIA SOLIMAN : L’ART POUR REPENSER NOTRE RAPPORT À LA NATURE ET À LA TECHNOLOGIE », — Amaya Singh | via Agenda Culturel, September 6, 2022
Ania Soliman « ANIA SOLIMAN : L’ART POUR REPENSER NOTRE RAPPORT À LA NATURE ET À LA TECHNOLOGIE », — Amaya Singh | via Agenda Culturel, September 6, 2022

« Située en plein coeur d’une zone industrielle du quartier de la Quarantaine, la galerie Sfeir-Semler détonne avec l’environnement qui l’entoure, avec ses sols en béton lissé, ses néons et ses murs blancs. Cet espace à l’esthétique de white cube sera orné par les oeuvres d’Ania Soliman jusqu’au 7 janvier 2023. Tiré de l’univers de la littérature sciencefictive, le titre de l’exposition, “Terraform” (“terraformation” en français), désigne l'aménagement d'un milieu extraterrestre pour le rendre propice à la vie et habitable par l'homme. »
 
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Ania Soliman « Terraform: une poétique de la machine et du vivant », — Nayla Tamraz | via Ici Beyrouth, August 28, 2022
Ania Soliman « Terraform: une poétique de la machine et du vivant », — Nayla Tamraz | via Ici Beyrouth, August 28, 2022

« C’est dans ce continuum entre les différents ordres du vivant, mais aussi entre l’espace naturel et l’espace numérique, que s’inscrit le travail d’Ania Soliman qui interroge les relations entre la nature et la technologie et propose des réponses, sur le mode réel ou imaginaire, à notre expérience de vie dans l’espace numérique.

À l’ère où la redéfinition de notre manière d’habiter le monde relève désormais d’une question de survie, l’art contemporain participe à une réflexion sur les enjeux environnementaux, la relation que nous entretenons avec notre planète, notre manière d’habiter le monde, et contribue à nous permettre de repenser notre humanité. Il y est de même de plus en plus question de vivant, plutôt que de nature. Cela suppose de ne plus vouloir envisager la nature comme un décor de paysage, mais de repenser le monde comme un espace où l’ordre établi entre les espèces est remis à plat. »
 
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Mounira Al Solh “Embroidering a monument to women’s stories and sorrow”, — Interview with Juliana Halpert | via Artforum, May 3, 2022
Mounira Al Solh “Embroidering a monument to women’s stories and sorrow”, — Interview with Juliana Halpert | via Artforum, May 3, 2022

“Growing up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, Mounira Al Solh witnessed firsthand the ways in which war and conflict upend all aspects of life and wrench a region’s sense of history from its own hands. For “A day is as long as a year,” on view from April 9 to October 2 at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, the Beirut and Netherlands–based artist invited over thirty women to plumb their own personal heritages in order to collaborate on a prismatic display of their own traditions and contemporary realities. History may be written by the victors, but its most powerful tales are so often told by its survivors.” (–Juliana Halpert via Mounira Al Solh: Embroidering a Monument to Women’s Stories and Sorrow, Artforum.com, May 3, 2022)
 
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Abhijan Toto on Sung Tieu: Everything or Nothing at Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg | Artforum, May 30, 2022
Abhijan Toto on Sung Tieu: Everything or Nothing at Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg | Artforum, May 30, 2022

"The first thing you noticed on entering Sung Tieu’s solo exhibition “Everything or Nothing” was the sound. It occupied the space like something physical, growing louder and louder, both drawing you in and repelling you. It was a speculative reconstruction of the sonic weapon that allegedly causes the unexplained symptoms known as Havana syndrome, reproduced for Tieu’s Moving Target Shadow Detection, 2022, a Frieze Artist Award commission." (–Abhijan Toto via Artforum, May 30, 2022)
 
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Sung Tieu's installation "Untitled (Everything or Nothing)", 2021 among Jacopo Crivelli Visconti’s Top 5 Works on Frieze Viewing Room
Sung Tieu's installation "Untitled (Everything or Nothing)", 2021 among Jacopo Crivelli Visconti’s Top 5 Works on Frieze Viewing Room

"Sung Tieu is one of the most inspiring artists I know. Born in Vietnam and raised in Germany, in her work she accumulates, superimposes and contaminates objects, sounds and images creating factual, fictional, plausible and possible narrative layers until they become inseparable from one another." (–Jacopo Crivelli Visconti via "Jacopo Crivelli Visconti’s Top 5 Works on Frieze Viewing Room", Frieze.com, May 17, 2022)
 
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Tarik Kiswanson next to his sculpture "Nest" (2022, fiberglass and resin, edition 7 + 2 APs, 270 x 100 cm)
Tarik Kiswanson installe son « Nid » à la galerie Sfeir-Semler | via L'Orient-Le Jour, published April 5, 2022

"Pour sa première exposition à Beyrouth, ce jeune artiste palestino-suédois présente une sélection d’œuvres explorant les notions d’identité, de mémoire, de déracinement et d’appartenance. Des pièces réalisées dans divers médiums reflétant tout à la fois son histoire personnelle, et l’état de flottement et d’incertitude d’un monde en pleine transition." (–Zena Zalzal via L'Orient-Le Jour)
 
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"Weather and Wordplay: Yto Barrada Interviewed by Cassie Packard" | via BOMBmagazine, published April 4, 2022
"Weather and Wordplay: Yto Barrada Interviewed by Cassie Packard" | via BOMBmagazine, published April 4, 2022

"Weather has a way of setting a tone. The day is crisp and bright as I make my way along the tree-lined Brooklyn block where Franco-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada keeps her studio, an airy atelier flooded by sunlight. Soon enough, we’re discussing the elements: the artist’s Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) solo show, Ways to Baffle the Wind, considers the modes through which humans relate to the natural world, from early childhood pedagogies that emphasize plant identification to powerful solar simulators used to weather-test fabric." (–Cassie Packard via BOMBmagazine)
 
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"Artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a ‘private ear’ who investigates the intersection of sound and politics" | q with Tom Power, Radio Interview via CBCListen, aired April 4, 2022
"Artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a ‘private ear’ who investigates the intersection of sound and politics" | q with Tom Power, Radio Interview via CBCListen, aired April 4, 2022

"Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a Turner Prize-winning artist based in Beirut who’s known for his provocative sound installations. His latest project, 45th Parallel, explores how arbitrary international borders can be. It’s his first Canadian commission with the Toronto Biennial of Art and it’s on display now. Hamdan spoke with Tom Power about the project and how sound connects to his past as a punk musician." (via CBC)
 
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Ausstellung in Berlin: "Beirut and the Golden Sixties" | Review via Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 2nd, 2022
Ausstellung in Berlin: "Beirut and the Golden Sixties" | Review via Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 2nd, 2022

"Paris des Nahen Ostens. In keiner Rede über Beirut fehlt diese Floskel. Dass sie mehr als ein ausgeleiertes Klischee ist, zeigt jetzt die Ausstellung "Beirut and the Golden Sixties" im Berliner Gropius-Bau. Sam Bardaouil und Tim Fellrath lassen darin eine kulturelle Blütezeit wiederauferstehen, die Ende der 50er-Jahre begann und gegen die die Kunstmetropolen Paris oder New York plötzlich blass wirken: ein faszinierendes Nebeneinander von kosmopolitischem Lebensstil, ästhetischer Moderne und sexueller Libertinage." (German)
 
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"What to See in Europe this April" featuring Rabih Mroué's solo show at KW Institute of Contemporary Art | via FRIEZE on April 1, 2022
"What to See in Europe this April" featuring Rabih Mroué's solo show at KW Institute of Contemporary Art | via FRIEZE on April 1, 2022

"From the day the Lebanon War started on 12 July 2006, until the day Michel Aoun was finally appointed president on 31 October 2016, after more than 30 inconclusive elections, Beirut-born artist, director and playwright Rabih Mroué kept a unique diary of events in his home country." (Carina Bukuts via FRIEZE review "What to See in Europe this April")
 
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"Immersive Mythen: Dineo Seshee Bopape in der Secession" | On Dineo Seshee Bopape's solo show at secession Vienna via Gallerytalk.net, by Quirin Brunnmeier, March 31, 2022
"Immersive Mythen: Dineo Seshee Bopape in der Secession" | On Dineo Seshee Bopape's solo show at secession Vienna via Gallerytalk.net, by Quirin Brunnmeier, March 31, 2022

"Körperlich und metaphysisch, elementare Materialen und ephemeres Licht. Die südafrikanische Künstlerin Dineo Seshee Bopape zeigt unter dem Titel „Lerato le le golo (…la go hloka bo kantle)“ eine raumgreifende Installation im Untergeschoss der Secession in Wien. Ihre Kunst ist geprägt durch eine persönliche Suche nach einer bildlichen, klanglichen und materiellen Sprache, die mit politischer und symbolischer Bedeutung aufgeladen ist." (Quirin Brunnmeier via Gallerytalk)
 
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"12 Standouts at the 2022 Whitney Biennial" with Rayyane Tabet | via ARTnews by Maximilíano Durón on March 29, 2022
"12 Standouts at the 2022 Whitney Biennial" with Rayyane Tabet | via ARTnews by Maximilíano Durón on March 29, 2022

"Rayyane Tabet’s art is present all across the Whitney. It’s in the stairwells that connect the floors of the Biennial together, on its facade, and even on the glass wall of a third-floor staff conference room. In these pieces, fragments of text pose succinct questions: “What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?” “When do we celebrate Independence Day?” “What is the political party of the President now?” These simple queries give way to nuanced answers." (via ARTnews)
 
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 "Was ist wahr, was ist Fiktion?" | Essay on Walid Raad's current sholo show at Kunsthalle Mainz by Kassandra Da Silva via SCHIRN MAG, March 23, 2022
"Was ist wahr, was ist Fiktion?" | Essay on Walid Raad's current sholo show at Kunsthalle Mainz by Kassandra Da Silva via SCHIRN MAG, March 23, 2022

"Walid Raad deals with the wars in Lebanon and their effects on the mind, body, community and culture of memory. It is important to look closely, because in his art a second look is crucial." Kassandra Da Silva on Walid Raad's current solo show at Kunsthalle Mainz via Schirn Mag.

Walid Raad: "We lived so well together"
Kunsthalle Mainz
On view until May 15, 2022
 
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