Stéphanie Saadé

Stéphanie Saadé’s work takes as a departure point the moment when one becomes estranged from his surroundings. The artist explores the shape, or the shapes, of distance, and makes them visible, as well as the changes in shape of the individual that goes through this estrangement. A process of Artificial Nostalgia is developed, through which strange locations, familiar to the artist, are assembled. The nature of links is questioned, their persistence or their ephemerality. The created knots and ties form pairs, which never become doubles. Single objects are composed from differences brought together.


Stéphanie Saadé graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Her work has been exhibited across the world, including Sharjah Biennale 13, Sharjah (UAE); Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, (DL); MuHKA, Antwerp (BE); Marres, Maastricht (NL); Home Works 7, Beirut (LB); Frieze Art Fair, London (UK); Mosaic Rooms, London (UK); Casa Árabe, Madrid (ES); Casa Ãrabe, Cordoba (ES); La Conserva, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia (ES), New Positions, Art Cologne, Cologne (DL); Van Eyck, Maastricht (NL); Le 59e Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge (FR); Beirut Art Center, Beirut (LB); Grey Noise, Dubai (UAE), Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (LB); A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (PS); Qalandyia International Biennial, Qalandyia (PS) and AKINCI, Amsterdam (NL). Currently Stéhanie Saadé’s work can be seen in group exhibition The Materiality of the Invisible, Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL (August 29 – November 26, 2017). The exhibition ‘Home Beirut, Sounding the Neighbours, curated by Hou Hanrou and Giulia Ferracci’ will open soon at MAXXI, Rome, IT (November 14 2017 – April 8 2018). Stéphanie Saadé lives and works in Beirut and Paris.


  • Moongold, 2016, old photograph, 24-carat gold leaf, 10 x 15 cm

  • Moongold, 2016, old photograph, 24-carat gold leaf, 10 x 15 cm

  • Travel Diary I (5.32 gr.), 2016, used document, 24-carat gold leaf, 29.7 x 21 cm (photo: GJ van Rooij)

  • The Shape of Distance (11000 gr.), 2016, pupil table, chair, welded brass, inst. size 127 x 77 x 55 cm (photo: GJ van Rooij)

  • The Rose Is Without Why (20.3 gr.), 2016, dismantled rose (photo: GJ van Rooij)

  • Home Key, 2016, gold plated key, 6 x 2,5 x 0,2 cm, 17,54 g

  • Golden Memories, 2015, old photograph, gold leaf, 10 x 15 cm

  • Grouphow Passage, Sophie Calle, Hamza Halloubi, Imogen Stidworthy, Stéphanie Saadé, AKINCI, 2014