Tabbal Building 1 © Vartan Seraydarian

AD Leb was originally conceived of by Gaïa Fodoulian, a young Beirut-based creative, who was tragically killed by the 4th of August explosion in Beirut. This year, to continue her legacy, her mother, Annie Vartivarian, is bringing AD Leb to life, fulfilling the vital work that Gaïa started. As an established gallerist and patron of the arts, Annie brings her wealth of experience and passion to this new initiative.

Titled Everyone is the Creator of One’s Own Faith, Art Design Lebanon’s first art exhibition opened in the historic Tabbal Building in Beirut. The exhibition’s title is a reference to the caption Gaïa Fodoulian wrote in her last Facebook post: a photo of her published on 4 August 2020 – a date that is now seared into our memories – running towards the camera, a mountain of green behind her. The picture was originally taken at the Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka, in February 2020.

Gaïa Fodoulian - August 4 Facebook Post
Gaïa Fodoulian – August 4 Facebook Post

This exhibition brings together both newly commissioned and existing works by local artists and designers who were asked to present works which respond to the theme that is evoked by the exhibition title. The participating artists and designers are Samer Bou Rjeily, Karen Chekerdjian, Hatem Imam, Sirine Fattouh, Gaïa Fodoulian, Paul Kaloustian, Nathalie Khayat, Hussein Nassereddine and Caroline Tabet. The exhibition’s scenography is designed by Ghaith&Jad.

The Artist is Present, 2019, 274 x 250 cm, Unique piece, Produced by Studiocur art X Good Bad Artist, 2021, 130 x 21 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP, Neon, Sirine Fattouh, © Vartan Seraydarian
The Artist is Present, 2019, 274 x 250 cm, Unique piece, Produced by Studiocur art X Good Bad Artist, 2021, 130 x 21 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP, Neon, Sirine Fattouh, © Vartan Seraydarian

Their responses to the title are expressed through a range of mediums including illustration, photography, neon artwork and furniture. The exhibition questions what it means to produce and exhibit art amid the daily precariousness we face in Lebanon.

Light Sleepers (208 flames) 2, 2021, Variable Dimensions, Unique pieces, Stoneware and Porcelain, Raku fired, Nathalie Khayat © Vartan Seraydarian
Light Sleepers (208 flames) 2, 2021, Variable Dimensions, Unique pieces, Stoneware and Porcelain, Raku fired, Nathalie Khayat © Vartan Seraydarian

All proceeds from AD Leb will go to support the Gaïa Fodoulian Foundation, an organisation founded in Gaïa’s memory to carry on her passion for animal welfare, particularly stray animals and other animals in need. The Foundation is run by Gaïa’s sister, Mariana Fodoulian, a veterinary doctor.

Untitled 1, 2020, 816 x 150 cm, Burnt wood, Samer Bou Rjeily © Vartan Seraydarian
Untitled 1, 2020, 816 x 150 cm, Burnt wood, Samer Bou Rjeily © Vartan Seraydarian

The exhibition runs until the 29th of April at Tabbal Building.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

selections-arts-logo

SELECTIONS is a platform for the arts, focusing on the Arab World.

Selections editorial presents a quarterly print magazine and weekly online publication with high quality content on all subjects related to Art and Culture. Full of world-leading artworks, exquisite brand imagery, original creative illustrations and insightful written articles.
Selections Viewing Rooms presents carefully curated online art shows aiming not only to shed light on contemporary art executed by living artists, but also for viewers to buy contemporary fine art, prints & multiples, photography, street art and collectibles.
Discover the previous and current shows here.
Cultural Narratives foundation is an extensive collection that is travelling the world by leading established and emerging talents aiming to reflect the culture of the region in their works.

RANDOM READS
Image is courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art

ABU DHABI ART COMING BACK THIS NOVEMBER

The annual art fair each November is the culmination of…

INTERVIEW WITH DR PIERRE EL KHOURY, ATTORNEY AT LAW, LEGAL CONSULTANT AND IP SPECIALIST LAWYER

There is no definition of an artist estate in Lebanese…

THE JOURNEY, SOLO EXHIBITION OF KHALED ZAKI

“Mount the stallion of love and do not fear the…

Photo by Roger Moukarzel

“BEING ANACHAR BASBOUS”

 In the occasion of the opening of MAB in…

Pat Steir, © Pat Steir, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

WORLDWIDE REPRESENTATION OF RENOWNED AMERICAN ARTIST PAT STEIR BY HAUSER & WIRTH, NEW YORK

HAUSER & WIRTH ANNOUNCES REPRESENTATION OF ACCLAIMEDAMERICAN ARTIST PAT STEIR…

Installation view of Khaleej Modern: Pioneers and Collectives in the Arabian Peninsula. “Early Pioneers” and “The Landscape” sections. Photo: John Varghese

KHALEEJ MODERN | PIONEERS AND COLLECTIVES IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA

Exhibition of Rare Works from Key GCC Institutions Chronicles Nearly…

september 2022

05marAll Day09octFAHD BURKI | DAYDREAMS

14aprAll Day04sepDominique Gonzalez-Foerster | Alienarium 5

18mayAll Day05sepIN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CAI LUN II | SELECTED WORKS ON PAPER