Requiem by Annie Kurkdjian

Event :
Requiem by Annie Kurkdjian
Organizer :
Albareh Art Gallery
Date :
9th February 2016 to 29th February 2016
Venue :
Albareh Art Gallery
Description :

Exhibition Dates: 9 - 29 February 2016

Opening Reception: Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 7 - 9 p.m.

Albareh Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Requiem, a solo exhibition of the latest works of award-winning Lebanese artist Annie Kurkdjian at its Adliya premises.

Fred Noiret attributes the beginning of Kurkdjian's salvation to her painting. After years of 'indescribable darkness' punctuated by war, loss, death, and violence, Kurkdjian found solace in her art. Requiem marks a clear evolution in the journey towards the eventual salvation predicted by Noiret. While stylistically consistent with previous work, Requiem represents a departure in terms of tone.

Kurkdjian's characters still revel in their solitude against neutral backdrops devoid of detail. However, just as the name of the exhibition suggests, there is a clear sublimation of the earlier darkness within the characters relative to earlier works. The bodies are not as contorted, and many of them are in a state of repose. Despite the fact that they are still insular, there is a more apparent calmness, rather than a dark angst.

Annie Kurkdjian was born in Lebanon in 1972 and continues to live and work in Beirut. Deeply affected by the Lebanese Civil War as a child, Kurkdjian's paintings reveal the profound depth of this experience and its impact on her. She acknowledges her art as a form of self-therapy and describes her work as 'existential' paintings in which she explores people and their relationships with each other and the spaces they inhabit.

Kurkdjian holds a degree in fine arts from the Lebanese University and degrees in psychology and theology from the Lebanese University and St. Joseph's University, respectively. Kurkdjian has been widely exhibited in the Middle East as well as France. She is the recipient of the Ville de Fontenay-sous-Bois Award (2014), the Jouhayna Badour Prize (2012), and Atelier-Z's First Prize in Figurative Painting (2011) and the Special Mention of the Jury at Sursock Salon, Beirut (2010). Her work has been exhibited in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, France, Italy and the United Kingdom and is in the collections of the Musee de Tesse, Le Mans, France, Balamand University, Lebanon and the Fontenay-sois-Bois Town Hall in France, as well as numerous private collections.

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