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Image 1 Geography and disappearance (2015) 9 heaters, heat. Assorted heaters are scattered throughout the space. Operating at full heat, the room temperature created in the space is on par with the temperature of Beirut. The temperature is synchronized day by day. Image 2 Left: Marble, change and eternity (2015) Middle: Mon Amour. (2015) Right: Days under their own sun (2014 – 2015); Image 3 Days under their own sun (2014/2015) Paper Calendar, sun of Bickfaya (Lebanon), sun of Paris, sun of Maastricht, sun of São Paulo, sun of Beirut, sun of Zurich. Each day of a Maronite calendar is exposed to its own sun: January 18, 2015 under the sun of Bickfaya (Mount Lebanon). February 17, 2015 under the sun of Maastricht (The Netherlands). April 4, 2015 under the sun of Paris (French). May 21, 2015 under the sun of São Paulo (Brazil). June 28, 2015 under the sun of Paris (French). August 14, 2015 under the sun of Beirut (Lebanon. August 26, 2015 under the sun of Zurich (Switzerland). Image 4 Left: Measuring its own reflection (2015); Middle: Marble, change and eternity (2015); Right 1: Mon Amour. (2015); Right 2: Dream salt (2015); Image 5 Left: Mon Amour. (2015) Right: Dream salt (2015), 30 kg of white salt mixed with 30 kg of white sugar; Image 6 Marble, change and eternity (2015) Carrara-marble block, 29 x 29 x 29 cm. The weight of the carrara block is equal to the weight of the artist now, 68 kg; Image 7 Measuring its own reflection (2015); Image 8 Mon Amour. (2015)

Photo by Tashi Brauen


Whatever happened to
my eyes, happened to
your beauty.

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

Aug. 29 – Sep. 26, 2015
Opening: Aug. 28, 6pm

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The first solo exhibition of Lebanese artist Charbel-joseph H. Boutros in Switzerland is a constellation of performative apparatus and time-based works. Hints and layers of autobiographic and geographical conditions, as well as universal structures are echoed in perceptions such as the smell of heat, the glare of the sun in Beirut, São Paulo, Zurich, amongst other places, and the diffused breath of two individuals. Steering away from conventional notions of sculpture or classical performance, the works come into being through a process of “real-time actions.”

The work of Boutros can be qualified by Conceptual Romanticism. In his work disappearance is a mode of visual suggestion, conveying historical and intimate meanings, finding poetic lines that extend beyond the realm of existing realities.

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros was born in Mount Lebanon in 1981 and lives and works between Beirut and Paris. He was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht and at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Boutros work has been shown in international venues, such as: Untitled, 12th International Istanbul Biennal, Turkey / Forgotten Lands, Palais de Tokyo, Paris / 3rd Bahia Biennial / Exposure 2010, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon / MAM Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brasil / more Konzeption Conception now, Museum Morsbroich, Germany / Marres, the Netherlands / Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam / Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai / Jacqueline Martins Gallery, São Paulo / LISTE 19, Basel. Upcoming exhibitions include: CCA Warsaw, Poland / Palais de Tokyo, Paris / Agha Khan Museum, Toronto / Là ou commence le jour, LaM (Lilles Museum of modern and contemporary art), France