Bady Dalloul and Majd Abdel Hamid, in conversation with Nora Philippe, curator of the exhibition Répare, Reprise, will talk about their recent work, their practice of embroidery and collage in dialogue with archival images and news images (war in Syria, explosion in Beirut) recovered and transformed. They will evoke their relationship – artistic as well as political – to what Bady Dalloul calls "imaginary countries" and Majd Abdel Hamid "disarticulated" lands.
A French-Syrian artist born in Paris in 1986, Bady Dalloul graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2015. His work mixes installations, collages, books and sometimes videos, around the leitomtiv of imaginary nations whose identities, history, geography, and cultures he declines. The invention of fictitious countries, which has occupied him since childhood, exposes the geopolitical absurdities, the authoritarian temptations of post-colonial states, and more recently, the media treatment of images of the war in Syria. His work has been exhibited at the MAC/VAL (2017), the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Gulbenkian Foundation (2018), and is included in the collections of the Kadist Foundation, the Frac Île-de-France and the Institut du Monde Arabe. In 2017, he was nominated for the Prix découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo, and in 2018 he was the recipient of the Prix des Amis de l'IMA. Bady Dalloul was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 2015.
Majd Abdel Hamid is a Palestinian artist, born in Syria in 1988, and working between Ramallah and Beirut. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Malmö (Sweden) and also studied at the International Academy of Art Palestine. He creates installations and videos but also and above all reinvests so-called traditional crafts, such as embroidery for a decade, in order to represent the ultra-contemporary conflicts with which he lives, and work on the tensions between the time of current events and the time of the material fabrication of his pieces. An artist of night and care, devoting hundreds of hours to each of his embroideries, Majd Abdel Hamid says he wants to make beauty, a beauty made of yellows, pinks and blues, despite, or against, political horror.
Bady Dalloul will speak in French and Majd Abdel Hamid in English (without subtitles).