23/06/2022 - 27/06/2022

New Work - Painting

Galerie Tanit presents Zena Assi - Ode to a Minefield

"Borrowing from symbolism and surrealism, the new series of works create a direct dialogue between all the different genres in the practice of Zena Assi.

Throughout history, Gargoyles have been used for their dual functionality; in Gothic architecture, a gargoyle is designed to minimize the potential damage from water, but Gargoyles are also said to protect what they guard by turning away harmful spirits, deflecting misfortune or averting the evil eye.

Consequently, after witnessing the 2020 4th of August explosion in the city of Beirut, and the devastating aftermath on its inhabitants, I was drawn to re-appropriate the cityscape and the chaos it was witnessing. The urgent need of a guarding army emerged and called for carving a series of effigies in a more pressing, contemporary light."


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