Nada Sehnaoui, a visual artist living and working in Beirut, will create an installation conceived as a space of meditation on the bombardment of Beirut by Israeli warplanes in the summer of 2006. The work will comprise 125 stools covered in photographs that the artist took in the suburbs of Beirut. The photos are not sensational; they are rather a display of rubble void of blood, dead bodies or grand scale destruction.
The Gallery will be furnished with these stools, some of which will also feature a work by a VCUQatar student. The stools will be positioned in a grid within the gallery and provide a quiet space for meditation and reflection. Visitors will be able to walk through the gallery space, but will also be able to sit on the stools. Photographs of the destruction will also be seen along the gallery walls. Nada Sehnaoui's intention is to create an enclosed space through which art may meditate upon the capacity of human beings to reduce other human beings lives to rubble.
Nada Sehnaoui is a Beirut-based visual artist whose work, paintings, and installations deal with issues of war, personal memory, public amnesia, the writing of history, and the construction of identity. Her installations question the use of public spaces in relation to collective memory and the building of democracy.
The exhibition is scheduled from 18 March – 15 April 2009 at The Gallery inVirginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and is open Sundays to Thursdays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or by prior appointment. A reception will be held at the gallery on 18 March 2009 at 7:30 PM. For further information, please call VCUQatar on +974.492.7200 or email Dr. Jochen Sokoly on firstname.lastname@example.org.