Spring is a(t) present, flowers are in bloom, as we unfold from the cold and start to sprint into the summer, a gentle pause for reflection through art is much needed.
It’s been a tough couple of years, sadly war ravages in many parts of the world, the pandemic has affected us globally, and we are all in a dance or a duel with living online and offline.
And yet, it is art that greets us time and time again. And it is art that we look to.
Most of us have bore witness to art’s strength throughout the global lockdowns, as creativity paved the way to fuel our souls. Ever since, public spaces, institutions, galleries and hubs have somewhat returned to a pre-pandemic version of themselves, brushstrokes, neon lights, sculptural delights and installations continue to meet our gaze and warm our hearts as we return in anticipation to museums, galleries and fairs, with the flow of art replenishing our thoughts and beings.
MENART FAIR which explores art from the MENA region in all its diverse artistic richness, opens its arms this May in Paris at the Cornette de Saint Cyr. Welcoming us into their fold of art, is an array of impressive artworks harbouring within each one of them streams of emotions and depth, in both colour and structure; shining across borders.
MENART FAIR is an international modern and contemporary art fair founded by Laure d’Hauteville, and with Joanna Chevalier as artistic director. The lens of the fair is dedicated towards artists from the Middle East & North Africa, (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey), the Gulf States (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen) and North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt), with all artworks selected by a number of galleries present at the fair.
For the second edition of the fair, from 19 to 22 May 2022 artworks rooted in both cultural heritage and the contemporary scene, touching on nature, politics, migration, exile, emotion, abstraction and much more, will be on view. Accompanying the fair a discussion on art embedded in the digital world.
Themes we can relate to, that are ever present in our times, in our histories and will probably find themselves in our future.
Many of us deliberate over how our world can come together, these thoughts are aided by art, coming through artworks. Art’s power to engage and to introduce us to perspectives, is all the more compelling when it occurs in conjunction with each other, whether online or offline, art can connect us into a realm of togetherness. A togetherness we look forward to at MENART FAIR.
In the meantime, below are some of the artworks and galleries we can expect to see in Paris at MENART FAIR, at the Cornette de Saint Cyr.
4 Walls Majida Mouasher
Faisal Samra, Untitled, 2022, charcoal and oil on canvas, diptych, 50 x 40 cm each, total size 100 x 40 cm
Masoud Sadedin, Invisible, 2015, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm
Art on 56th
Dyala Khodary, Urban Eruption, acrylic on canvas, 60x80cm
Elias Moubarak, Untitled 11, 2018, print on cotton paper, 60x40cm, 2/5
Wissam Baydoun, mixed media on paper, 40 x 30 cm
Eternal Love Song - part of “Carry Over”,
Photogravure blind embossing with transparent ink relief rolled on Stonehhenge with 100% rag paper, Edition of 8, 63.5 x 50.8 cm
Sadik Alfraji, Nightmares of the Reads 3, 2019, oil and ink on paper, 100 x 70 cm
Zerrouki Boukhari, Émoi et tumulte dans l'oeuf, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 112 x 96 cm
By Lara Sedbon
Abdelhak Benallou, Untitled, 2021, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Eiwan al Gassar
Hanadi Al Darwish, Untitled, 2019, Mixed media on canvas, 120 cm D
Saddam Jumaily, Oily Dream, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 138x138c
Hala Schoukair, Untitled, Ink drawing on paper, 76 x 56 cm
Serge Najjar, pink and lines, 2016, photography mounted on aluminium, 100 x 100 cm
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Dinah Diwan, Los Angeles New Hue, 2017, pigment print on organza, 108x133 cm, edition : 1/2
Jack Dabaghian, Untitled 464, wet collodion
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Bruxelles
Shapour Pouyan, Untitled (Iran), 2017, Glazed stoneware ceramic, 51 x 26 cm
Ayla Hibri, Idleness in The Garden Of Eden, 2022, oil on canvas, 190x125cm
Roy Dib, Rasha 42, 2018, Inkjet Print on enhanced photo paper (50 x 85 cm)
Fadi Yazigi, The Ball, 2015, Bronze, 77 x 140 x 70 cm edition 1 out 3
Moje Assefjah, In Siena, 2018, Egg Tempera on Canvas, 180x140 cm
L’Ecole de Casablanca
Farid Belkahia, Sans titre, 1996, pigments naturels sur cire, Tondo, diamètre, 70 cm
Le Violon Bleu Gallery
Rafik El Kamel, Djerba, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 114x148cm
Ahmed Hajri, Le nomade, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 192 cm, 1986
Rashid Diab, Untitled, 2020, Acrylic on paper, 48 x 48 cm
Jacques Vartabedian, Beautiful Destination 2, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018, 150 x 20 cm
Saleh Barakat Gallery
Anas Albraehe, Untitled, 2021, oil on canvas, 90x70cm
Joseph El Hourany, Untitled, 2022, wood, 71x18x8 cm
Samir Sayegh, Hob, 2019, acrylique sur toile, signé et daté au dos, 150 x 100 cm
Espace NFT du ME.NA
Bager Kaya, Başlıksız-1-2, non-fungible token
CORNETTE DE SAINT CYR:
6 avenue Hoche, 75008, Paris
Public Opening Hours :
Thursday 19 May 2022 : 12 pm – 7 pm
Friday 20 May 2022 : 12 pm – 7 pm
Saturday 21 May 2022 : 12 pm – 7 pm
Sunday 22 May 2022 = 12 pm – 7 pm