Thu 16 Nov 2023 to Sat 16 Dec 2023
Artist: Fadia Haddad
Ab-Anbar presents Fadia Haddad’s first solo show in London “Unmasking the Soul, Revealing the Self” curated by Morad Montazami.
‘Unmasking the Soul, Revealing the Self,’ curated by Morad Montazami, marks French-Lebanese artist Fadia Haddad’s first solo exhibition in London, featuring her “Masks” series developed over fifteen years. Haddad’s work, characterised by a quasi-mediumistic quality, delves into the perception of unseen forms guided by metaphysical forces. Her masks, created in the 2000s on canvas and paper, serve as activators of gestures, leading her through a delicate dance between inspiration and exhalation, transparency and opacity. Haddad’s works navigate a borderland, enchanting the viewer with their intricacy and metaphoric depth, and transcend strict affiliations with American Expressionism. Her art represents a holistic blend of choreography, architecture, and painting, ultimately serving as a medium for unveiling her own soul and engaging in profound introspection, built upon a three-decade-long journey.
Fadia Haddad (b. 1959, Beirut, Lebanon), lives and works in Paris. After graduating from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut in 1984, Haddad continued her studies at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris until 1988. From her very beginnings, her work was featured at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture (Young Painters Showcase), followed by various exhibitions in Paris, including Montrouge, Fondation Paul Ricard, and the Institut du Monde Arabe. Her work is part of numerous private and public collections, such as the Barjeel Art Foundation – UAE; Patrimoine de l’Humanité - Geneva; Artistic Memories of the 20th Century - New York; Sursock Museum - Beirut; Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) - Paris; the CNAP – Paris; and PINTO – Paris. In 2011, Harry Bellet dedicated a monograph to her work in a publication from Area Descartes and Company titled ‘Traversée’.