galerie anne barrault


Sun, Romance and Destruction

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

Steel polished mirros, wood, white painting,darkness, 1,5x1,5x1,5 cm
The white small cube encloses inside of it a void of 1cm3 of darkness; this darkness is reflected to the infinite by mirrors covering all the surfaces of the cube.
courtesy of the artist, Grey Noise Gallery, & Jaqueline Martins Gallery, Sao Paulo

Paul H-Boutros

Five recommendation letters
Ink on paper// Dimension: 210x297 mm//
29,7 x 21 cm

Wait - the recommendation letter for that fellowship - long overdue, it wouldn’t be fair to... And then there’s the committee on... Or no. Maybe I should just sod all that, and get myself out there! Tricky decision. Tricky, tricky... Oh shit, shit, system’s gone down again! Just got to... nnnnf...
Alain Badiou from “Ruminations After The Event”

Five recommendation letters from different institutions are given to attest the capabilities of the protagonist.


He was born in Mount Lebanon, and works either in Paris or Beirut.
Charbel-Joseph H.Boutros is both a conceptual artist and a romantic one.
Disappearance in his work suggests as well as it imports intimacy or history. His art tries to transcend the obvious facts of reality in a poetical way.
At the moment, H.Boutros is a resident at Pavillon Neuflize OBC of Palais de Tokyo. He was a student at Jan van Eyck Academy, Netherlands.
His work has been exhibited in various biennials and institutions, such as:
Palais de Tokyo / Istanbul twelfth International Biennial / Bahia third Biennial, Brazil / Vancouver Biennial (to come) / MAM-BA, Brazil / Museum Morsbroich, Deutschland / Marres Art Center, Netherlands / LISTE 19, Basel / Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon / Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam / Jaqueline Martins Gallery, Sao Paulo / Grey Noise, Dubai. He also took part in Nouvelles vagues, Palais de Tokyo, with Anne Barrault Gallery.

Paul Hage Boutros was born in Lebanon in 1982. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the
American University of Beirut. He worked and developed his own practice in video and
mixed media. In 2010 he moved to Gothenburg, Sweden where he finished his MFA at
Valand School of Fine Arts. In 2013, Hage Boutros became a laureate for the UNESCOAschberg
Bursary residency program at the National Museum of Modern and
Contemporary art Korea.
His works were exhibited at the Beirut Art Center, Rencontres Internationles, Rotterdam
International Film Festival, DEPO Istanbul, Mediterranea 16 Biennial, National Museum of
Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, ZKM Centrum For Art And Media Karlsruhe,
Galleri Mors Mössa, among others…

Stéphanie Saadé was born in 1983 in Lebanon. At the moment she is an artist in residence at Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. She studied at Paris National Fine Arts School from 2005 to 2010 when she graduated (DNSAP), and got a bursary for two more years at the China Academy of Arts of Hangzhou.
Her work was shown at MuHKA, Antwerp (2014) / Montrouge 59th Salon (2014) / LA CONSERVERA, Murcia, Spain (2014) / Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam (2013-2014) / The Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2011) / The Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (2013) / Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai (2013) / A.M. Qattan Foundation, Palestine (2012) / Q.I. Qalandyia International Biennial, Palestine (2012)…



24 January - 17 March 2015




“But what about us when, detoxified, we learn what we are?”

Georges Bataille

"L’Expérience intérieure"

A new generation of artists emerges on the contemporary Lebanese scene, artists able to reconcile what is intimate with what is political, with strength and –let us not fear the word- poetry.
A few days ago, on the radio, I was listening to Marguerite Duras talking about the revolutionary impact of poetry. We often forget that they are the two branches of the same tree. And these Lebanese artists cling to it. Of course, the political history of Lebanon is to be considered. Of course there is Walid Raad, the power of archives to tell the Time against disappearance. Of course Lebanon has known nothing but the war for now 30 years. But Charbel-Joseph H.Boutros, Paul Hage Boutros and Stéphanie Saadé do not ignore this history: on the contrary, they assume it in their private lives, in their bodies, in their confessions, in their sleeps, in their inner experiences. And if I speak of inner experience, I think of Georges Bataille, who writes this book, so dense, in France, during the Second World War, when he only sees darkness and a meaningless abyss.

These approaches have a radical strength. The minimalist reduction issued from the conceptual tradition is here always engaged in a sensitive quest, linked to the potentials of fiction, without ever neglecting the “I”. These works are not the result of cold protocols. In themselves they are as if charged with electricity, and so become concepts, filled with sun, night, enigma, sadness, nostalgia: but also with artifices, skills so precise that they are never stifling symbols.

These artists remind me that delicacy is a conquest, so is elegance. These are not empty words. They are primarily the result of the engagement of someone who beams on others, decidedly open to openness, open to action, to what must be said there and then, and take shape there and then.

Two roses are in the same vase; one is artificial, the other is natural.

A chain with incompatible rings is nevertheless still a chain.

The Confessions of Rousseau are, from now on, incomplete.

A key stuck in a heap of earth embodies homesickness.

Every thought has been deleted.

Phones ring. No answer.

Secret. Blood. Love.

Bright darkness.

Will one day the sun of Beirut stop shining?

Léa Bismuth

Léa Bismuth is an art critic (a member of AICA, she has been writing for Art Press since 2006) and an independent curator (in February 2015, she will be the curator of the exhibition “Félicités” in Caen Fine Arts School).

Stéphanie Saadé

Artificial Nostalgia, 2014,
key of the house of the artist in Lebanon, earth from Maastricht,
exhibition view, 2015