Cage XXIII | 2013
Acrylic on canvas. 2x73x73 cm.
The “Cages” is a series of diptychs created as a personal reaction to the "Patriot Act", a decree signed by the American President George W. Bush, on October 26, 2001 as a response to the September 11 attacks. The artist felt that the decree violated fundamental human freedoms. Divided rhythmically by vertical elements and punctuated by areas of flat color, the paintings recall the World Trade Centre that housed, prior to destruction, the premises of Triangle Workshop, an association to which Srouji belonged. Symbolically, the artist went up in smoke with the towers. Around the time the series was completed, Lebanon was also under the fire of the Israeli army in the summer of 2006.
Biography of the artist
Born in Lebanon. 1957
Works and Lives in Beirut and Paris
Srouji holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Canada (1987). He has held different teaching positions in several universities in the US, Canada and at the Sorbonne in Paris before becoming Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University in 2010.
His work addresses notions of memory, exile and above all: healing and is often linked to the history of Lebanon and its surrounding region.
He has held many solo and group exhibitions around the world such as: The Singapore Art Fair, The Mac International, frst open art prize, Belfast, Abu-Dhabi Art, Art14, London.
His work features in public and private collections including the Alcan Collection, Canada and The Carmignac Foundation, France.
In 2013, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, which represents him in Beirut, published his book entitled "Hanibal Srouji: Panting Fire, Water, Earth and Air". He is also represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York and Galerie Eulenspiegel in Basel.
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