The Art Films Factory will host a collective Art Exhibition for Mohannad Orabi, Mohamad Badr and Ibrahim Youssri. The 3 artists bring 3 different perspectives on the art of Portraiture.
Mohannad Orabi: Art Objects
Mohamad Badr: Duality of Souls
Ibrahim Youssri: Look into my eyes
The formal and conceptual aims of Mohannad Orabi’s expressionist painting style are based on the inherent psychology of portraiture in compositions that depict a revolving cast of characters. Initially inspired by the confessional elements and sense of freedom that are found in children’s drawings, Orabi has worked without fixed directives for over a decade, allowing the spontaneity of process to result in liberated forms.
Many of Orabi’s early works were painted as self-portraits, and reveal his fascination with the development of consciousness in childhood, particularly the wonder and whimsy of the formative years that rst shape our comprehension of the world. Although the artist maintains thisinterest, his approach to gurative painting has progressed as additional themes enter his work in subsequent series.
More recently, Orabi has used historical examples as conceptual prompts while continuing to search for new means of automatism. In his Mu’allaqat series, he adopts the hanging format of pre-Islamic poems that were later written in gold on the black cloths of the Kaaba. Using ordinary curtains as canvases, his childlike protagonists are rendered with loose brushwork against a solid background that removes any indication of a setting. Whereas previous compositions described a particular context, here Orabi emphasises the forms that are essential to drawings or cutouts—media that have sustained his practice as he adapts to life in exile. ese latest paintings (or art objects) not only invoke his earlier works but also describe the poetics of intuitive creation.
Born in Damascus in 1977, Mohannad Orabi currently lives and works in Dubai. Orabi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Damascus in 2000, and won the rst prize in e Syrian National Young Artists Exhibition in 2006. Solo and group exhibitions for the artist include Ayyam Gallery Beirut (2016, 2014); Den Gallery, Kuwait (2016); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015); Ayyam Gallery London (2014); Ayyam Gallery Jeddah (2013); Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2015, 2014, 2012); Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai (2014, 2009); Ayyam Gallery Damascus (2008), Zara Gallery, Amman (2007); and Ishtar Gallery, Damascus (2006, 2004). In 2014, Orabi was listed among Foreign Policy’s ‘100 Leading Global inkers.’
The often conceptual & experimental photographs and installations of Lebanese artist Mohamad Badr elucidate his deep concern for social issues and his curiosity to explore human behavior and intimate territories. He started investigating the daily lives of locals in remote and extra-ordinary places, where his poetic documentation of rites of passage - from the blood-letting Ashoura rituals in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, to the Shivaratri rituals and public cremations in Kathmandu, Nepal and the daily struggles of locals in the informal settlement of Langa township, in Cape Town, South Africa - Mohamad questions the dynamics of cultural experience and the power structures contained therein. His recent works is a conceptual experimentation with in-camera multiple exposures where he is “exploring the deepest secrets of humans and cities and uncovering the duality of souls & cultural identities” in a 'visual structures’ format.
Born in 1981 in Beirut, Lebanon, Mohamad Badr lives and works in Dubai. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 Shabab Ayyam Photography competition, and the Live Achrafieh Honorary Award for his contribution to the community (2011). He was also nominated for the fourth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability (2012). His work has since appeared in Power, the fifth book published by teNeues for the Prix Pictet, Uncommon Dubai, a book project that reveals the codes and constructs of places (2014) and in various regional art magazines and publications. He is the founder of the Lakum Hamra2akoum wa Li Hamra2i photography project in Lebanon, and Mosaic: Achrafieh International Photography Contest, Lebanon’s first international photography competition. Mohamad has exhibited in Dubai, Jeddah and Beirut including his controversial solo show: “The Power of…” at Ayyam Gallery, Beirut (2012).
Born in Egypt and raised in France where he built a family and a career in the corporate world, Ibrahim discovered his passion for photography while crossing the Death Valley in Nevada in the United States. He bought his first camera late at night one day and started his journey with what he calls now his ultimate joy. Since that day his photography evolved as he mastered more the techniques and concentrated on capturing emotions everywhere he went around the world. His camera tagged along with him on all his business and personal travels, he never tired of roaming the streets walking around people looking for THE shot. Lately Ibrahim delved more in portrait photography creating intense look me straight in eye portraits that are starting to define his style. Photography for Ibrahim is a passion that won’t relent that is always evolving but keeping along a powerful intensity that came to define his work be it in his street photos or landscape ones or in the beautiful portraits he delivers.
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