Installation Shot, Credit Aya Saleh Courtesy Galerie Tanit
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BOKJA is a Beirut-based design studio, crafting narratives through embroidery and textile to signers from the region, Bokja represents a unique cluster of textile practices from free-motion embroidery to painting. Through its work, the studio seeks to preserve a local craft tradition redefining it in a contemporary voice. There is intense emotion and powerful storytelling cultivated in every piece. A drama. A fable. A fantasy. BOKJA operates out of Beirut, a city that echoes this complex language of assemblage. The country itself is positioned between old and new, east and west, bringing to the surface issues of identity and impermanence. Behind Bokja’s skins is an underlying theme of identity; how it can be created and collected, how it can travel and adapt, and how it can ultimately be shared and communicated. Founded by Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, Bokja was born from the female duo’s shared passion for furniture, textiles, art and design. While Hoda has spent her life collecting fabrics from the Silk Road, Maria is an expert in antique pieces of furniture with a hidden beauty. The two married their expertise and knowledge of traditional craftsmanship and started Bokja, reupholstering vintage furniture found in antique stores and flea markets with precious fabrics from the region.

État de Siège goes back on the evolution of seating from the 1960’s until today through the eyes of 20 Lebanese designers. Curated by Joy Mardini, the group show is on view at Galerie Tanit until the 25th of June. Scenography by Rabih Koussa.

Installation Shot. Photo Credit Aya Saleh
Installation Shot. Photo Credit Aya Saleh

Curatorial Statement
Throughout history, designers and architects have reflected around the idea of seating and the many shapes and purposes it can bear. After all, wether Egyptian, gothic or contemporary, they are all the same; they are all an invitation to have a seat, a conversation, they are all small sculptures. And in a way, this makes them all comparable.

Each one of them tells you something about the person who created it, the era it was created in, and the society that shaped it. Like an immersion in the history of modern architecture, it’s like looking at buildings from a very close point of view.

Installation Shot, Credit Aya Saleh Courtesy Galerie Tanit
Installation Shot, Credit Aya Saleh Courtesy Galerie Tanit

Designers: 200Grs. Rana Haddad and Pascal Hachem, Anastasia Nysten, Bernard Khoury, Bokja, Carla Baz, Carlo Massoud, david/nicolas, Exil Collective, Georges Mohasseb for Studio Manda, Jean Louis et Mado Mellerio, Joe Naaman, Karen Chekerdjian, Khalil Khouri, Marc Baroud, Mary-Lynn & Carlo, Maurice Bonfils, Studio Nada Debs, Sami El Khazen, 1millimetre | Sara Jaafar, Thomas Trad.

Meet the designers and explore their designs in the above gallery.

The exhibition is on view at Galerie Tanit until the 25th of June, 2022.



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