‘Vision of Time’ by Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation at the Karagulla building

A collaboration between artist Roger Moukarzel and the Teal Art Foundation is showcased in an exhibition titled ‘Vision of Time’ until the 16th of July at the Karagulla building.

'Vision of Time', Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation, Circled Fabric V2, 120 cm.
‘Vision of Time’, Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation, Circled Fabric V2, 120 cm.

A selection of eight paintings of Bedouin and Arab Women, created between 1915 and 1930 launched the exhibition. The challenge for Roger Moukarzel was to weave a dialogue between these historical works and his contemporary art.

'Vision of Time', Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation,
‘Vision of Time’, Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation,

To infuse these paintings with new life, he combined them with modern techniques. Artificial intelligence, becoming the central element of the exhibition. Collaborating with specialists, he chose to use Arabic, the native language of both the original artists and the subjects. He also included small poetic phrases acting as whispers from the past to the present.

'Vision of Time', Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation,
‘Vision of Time’, Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation,

Simultaneously, an artistic photographic variation emerged. Tattoos, present on three of the eight paintings, are isolated from the faces to create a vertical series of abstract works. One painting was reinterpreted using CMYK, introducing a new language of colours.

In the presence of these paintings, the artist’s imagination wandered. He envisioned these women living in today’s world, engaging in deep and sincere conversations as if they were speaking here and now. Immersed in their world, Moukarzel sought to understand their thoughts as they gazed back at him. This led to a connection between these century-old paintings and the artist.

Throughout the process of preparing the exhibition time emerged as a significant theme. Revitalising and modernising these paintings after so many years made them timeless, highlighting that art transcends human life with its enduring legacy. This collaboration breathed new life into historical art, blending past and present through technology, language, and imagination, ensuring that these artworks continue to inspire across generations.

'Vision of Time', Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation,
‘Vision of Time’, Roger Moukarzel and Teal Art Foundation,

About Roger Moukarzel

Roger Moukarzel is a Lebanese photographer and visual artist with a career spanning over three decades. Known for his evocative imagery, he has worked extensively in fashion, advertising, and documentary photography. Moukarzel’s unique style blends traditional and contemporary elements, capturing the essence of Arab culture and heritage. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, and he has collaborated with prestigious brands and publications worldwide. Passionate about storytelling through visuals, Moukarzel continues to push the boundaries of photography, creating compelling narratives that resonate with audiences globally.

Location: 24 Avenue du parc, Karagulla building, ground floor, Minet El Hosn, Beirut Central District

Dates: 3 – 16 July, 2024

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

 

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.