Galerie Tanit Beirut presents ‘No Title’ by Fadi Yazigi taking place from January 10, 2024 – February 16, 2024.
Spanning various mediums, including paintings, sculptures, and reliefs, Fadi Yazigi’s artworks share a thematic cohesion, predominantly centred on everyday life in Syria. His bronze sculptures frequently portray individuals as either underdeveloped beings or hybrid human-animal entities. As a figurative painter, Yazigi’s focus lies on people and human emotions, approached with a nostalgic sensitivity toward the individuals he observes. An essential aspect of his artistic practice involves continuous experimentation with new materials and techniques, expanding the breadth of his creative portfolio. This commitment to exploration contributes to the dynamic evolution and diversity evident in his body of work.
In ‘No Title’, Yazigi’s artworks transcend affiliation, title, or theme, embracing a truce with his self-reflection. The characters in his works exist in a space of elimination, faces seen only in others’ mirrors. The artworks portray a confused, ambiguous relationship with time, revealing wounds and questions amidst large wasteland paintings. The power of the transparent layers paired with the use of white carry the painting’s essence. The viewer can perceive the artists intimate relations with objects symbolically and aesthetically infusing meaning. An installation of a bicycle shrouded in fabric signifies the duality of Presence and Absence. Interactive elements, like dice-playing child figures, highlight the fleeting nature of time. The work stands apart from collective salvation, bearing the artist’s name, signature, and date—a testament to survival amid life’s turmoil. Doll-like angels, snails, and targets form a universal tomb, resonating with the rhythm of the tale of One Thousand and One Nights. Amid narratives of bombings, the survivors return seeking faces in paintings of loss, carrying the secrets of dreams and smiles. Life, embodied in the work, persists as a wonderful thing beyond collective tragedies.
About Fadi Yazigi
Born in Syria in 1966, Fadi Yazigi earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a specialization in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University, in 1988. His art graces esteemed public collections, including The British Museum, Delfina Foundation, and Arab World Institute. Yazigi served as the Delfina Foundation artist-in-residence in 2007. His solo exhibitions span global venues like Galerie Tanit in Beirut, Art Vision in Damascus, and Galerie Claude Lemand in Paris. He contributed to significant collective exhibitions, such as ‘Musées en Exile’ in Montpellier and ‘Drawings from the Arab World’ at the Arab World Institute in Paris. Participating in numerous international events and art fairs, Yazigi has left an indelible mark on the global art scene.
Location: Galerie Tanit Beirut
Dates: January 10, 2024 – February 16, 2024