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Mark Hachem Gallery presents “Multiverses”, an exhibition of new works created by artist and sculptor Bassam Kyrillos. The exhibition will be on display from February 28 until March 16, 2019, at Mark Hachem Gallery.

Kyrillos’s latest works investigate the unspoken history of places as they pass through recurring cycles of destruction and recreation. Exploring through the endless possibilities between ruin and restoration, Kyrillos produces sculptures depicting a multifaceted identity. His works – utilising both bronze and aluminium – bear witness to the passage of time, of traumatic upheaval and relentless decay, while at the same time erupting with the renewed energy of new life. They bear the scars of conflict, while also striving for the limitless opportunities only continuous existence can offer; where one world approaches the end, another is just beginning.

The theme of violence is deeply ingrained in Kyrillos’s work. Many of his pieces resemble damaged towers or skyscrapers, echoing the devastated scenes found in the aftermath of conflict, of warzones and the sites of terrorist attacks. His use of earth, metals and cement – the structural elements of human habitation and industry – emphasise his portrayal of mankind’s intrinsically violent nature.

At the same time, however, the incorporation of human forms, most noticeably of faces, either emerging from the wreckage or hidden within the larger form, offer a more optimistic interpretation of Kyrillos’s work. His bronze pieces, although dulled oxidisation and verdigris just below their polished surfaces, shine brightly and beautifully.

“I am convinced we are really living in this concept that multiverses are real, which means the world around us is composed of multiple universes,” Kyrillos told Selections. “It is a topic that has been researched a lot in the past few years, this idea that all these worlds are linked and what happens in one affects another. This overarching theme led to my creation of this massive piece at the door of the gallery – “Equinox” – and I connected these ideas with the shape of a person, which is where the human face comes into play.”

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