Beyrouth, Le Monde
7 DEC 2016 - 7 JAN 2017
In this series, artist Claude Moufarege depicts the rooftops and abstract topography of Beirut, a city which represents both her sense of belonging and exile. Having spent much of her early life in Beirut, leaving and returning multiple times, Moufarege renders the city through a cool architectural lens and a cartographic distance that give her urban scenes a quiet and contemplative aspect.
Having studied and practiced architecture, Moufarege learned to conceive space, draw it, construct and ultimately fill it. Though architecture may have taught her to fill the void with structures, as a city populated by buildings and peoples, the artist continues to search for emptiness in between the structures, the pauses and ellipses that connect episodes of her nomadic life. Painting always from a high vantage point, Moufarege shows us the city as a tight rope walker balancing on a fine line between leaving and returning, rediscovery and farewell.