‘Sagas of Painful Bodies’ by Manar Ali Hassan at Galerie Janine Rubeiz

Reflecting the struggles and resilience of women, Galerie Janine Rubeiz unveils ‘Sagas of Painful Bodies,’ the inaugural solo exhibition by Manar Ali Hassan, from, May 2nd until May 31st, 2024.  Across history and into our contemporary era, the anguish experienced by women, particularly intertwined with childbirth and the enigma of various physical ailments, has often been relegated to the shadows. A lack of understanding of their pain has led to the neglect of pain management, leaving a silent plea echoing through time.

Manar Ali Hassan, Ode to Beirut, Figure 10, 2022, 29.7x21cm

‘Sagas of Painful Bodies’ is a narrative-driven exhibition that encourages exploration into the intimate, personal, and societal facets of being a woman grappling with physical agony. Focused on the journeys of seven Lebanese women, including the artist herself, all navigating the chronic condition of Fibromyalgia, this project employs art to delve into the narratives of enduring illness and bodily expressions, revealing disrupted experiences, meanings, and repercussions.

Through painterly expression, the artist also contemplates broader existential inquiries, forging poetic links between identity, personal narratives, and societal prejudices. Drawing inspiration from her comrades in pain, the artist seeks to fully embrace and interpret their stories, both vocalised and unspoken, translating them into impactful artistic manifestations. These creations stand as a homage to the resilience and fortitude of individuals enduring chronic pain, bearing witness to their unyielding spirit amidst life’s adversities.

Manar Ali Hassan, Imprinting the Forces and Trapping Convulsive Figures – Series 1, 2019, acrylic on organza, 180x80cm

About Manar Ali Hassan

Manar Ali Hassan, born in Beirut in 1980, is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and curator. Holding a master’s degree in Visual Art from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) since 2019, her artistic journey reflects a tireless quest for self-expression and a deep fascination with the human condition. Through her work, she delves into themes of identity, culture, and society, prompting viewers to introspect. She has curated exhibitions in Beirut and abroad since 2019, including showcases at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Rebirth Beirut, and Zico House.

Location: Galerie Janine Rubeiz

Date: May 2nd until May 31st, 2024

Manar Ali Hassan, Imprinting the Forces and Trapping Convulsive Figures – Series 3, Figure 6, 2019, Ink and hand stitching on various material, 29.7x21cm



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