Pascal Berthoud (Switzerland, 1971)
For Beirut Art Fair Pascal Berthoud presents «Mémoire d’architecture, le songe de Beyrouth» («Memory of architecture, the dream of Beirut»), a series of works on paper executed between 2016 and 2017 all representing an existing commercial building whose construction started in 1965 in Beirut and was interrupted in 1975 with the beginning of the civil war. Supposed to be a symbol of modernity and transformation, this building is today a ruin in the center of Beirut. Reminding the modernism and questioning the notion of memory and disappearance, these drawings made in pencil and watercolor, between abstraction and figuration, reveal Berthoud’s sensitive vision of the world while their titles are directly referenced to reality.
Aurélie Pétrel (France, 1980)
The works of Aurélie Pétrel question the image, its status, its (re) presentation and its use, its production processes. Aurélie Pétrel uses photography as the starting point of a work in progress. «I call ‘photography’ a latent shot activated as a print, photographic object, site specific installation resulting thus in a size, a weight that exists in a space» (Pétrel).
The artist has developed a lexicon allowing to articulate different states of the photographic image. Among the key terms: «latent shot» («prise de vue latente»). It then responds to a title nomenclature (latent shooting # 1 ...), a type of print and a precise format (Fine Art paper Baryté Canson 310g, 41,5 x 52 cm). It remains dormant and can undergo different activations in different situations, supports and formats.
Pétrel likes to experiment freely with different techniques and media. Her photographs printed on glass through complex processes or on concrete, metal or wood show how the artist advances formal research and combines different skills acquired in other disciplines, including architecture.
Figurative or abstract, her work examines the process of the materialization of ideas and its implementation. As a dialectic of the same and the different, she shows without ever repeating, reveals what is there; the initial trigger gives the impulse of a writing as in a musical score, it is the first movement which makes possible all the following ones.
Marta Zgierska (Poland, 1987)
For Beirut Art Fair Marta Zgierska presents her new works, a series of photographs printed on canvas entitled «Drift». After a serious car accident, the artist was in a medically induced coma whose experience she describes as « finding herself in the sea of blackness». The «Drift» series photographs are self-portraits where Marta Zgierska builds up abstract images starting from the shape of her body, in its different poses and variations. Her work embodies the personal experience of trauma, neurosis or anxiety.
The medium that the artist chose for these works, the canvas, recalls the traditional classical painting and the technique of chiaroscuro with a resulting confusion between photography and painting.