On the equally specific and general, productive and reproductive, material and immaterial nature of artistic labour.
In this lecture, Simone Fattal will bring the audience along on a virtual visit of her studio in Paris. Through an informal discussion of her older and most recent projects and by incorporating works, images, objects and books lying around the studio, the artist will highlight recurring topics and underlying themes in her practice.
Simone Fattal was born in Damascus, Syria, and raised in Lebanon, where she studied philosophy at the École des Lettres in Beirut. She then moved to Paris, where she continued her philosophical pursuits at the Sorbonne University. In 1969 she returned to Beirut and began working as a visual artist, exhibiting her paintings until the start of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975. She left Lebanon in 1980 and settled in California, where she founded the Post-Apollo Press, a publishing house dedicated to innovative and experimental literary work. In 1988 she enrolled at the Art Institute of San Francisco, which prompted a return to her artistic practice and a newfound dedication to sculpture and ceramics. Fattal currently lives in Paris. Her work is included in several public collections, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, Marrakech; the Sursock Museum, Beirut; the Sharjah Art Foundation and the National Museum of Qatar, Doha. Recent solo exhibitions of her work were held at: MoMA PS1, New York (2019); Bergen Kunsthall (2019); Pinault Collection and Punta della Dogana at Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2019); Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech (2018); the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art (2017); Sharjah Art Foundation (2016).
The lecture will be held in English language.