Stéphanie Saadé

In her work, Stéphanie Saadé addresses subjects like memory and the individual or collective experience of history and place. She explores the shape of duration and distance, and makes them visible. Objects and photographs are affected in a subtle way, measuring terms of growth or decrease, articulated by the passing of time, weathering and other natural phenomena. A process of Artificial Nostalgia is developed, through which strange or estranged locations, familiar to the artist, are assembled. Stéphanie Saadé finds a delicate balance between what is fleeting and what is tangible, constantly pondering the idea that everything in and around us is composed of different entities, shapes and elements.

Stéphanie Saadé (1983, Lebanon) 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 MuHKA, Antwerp (BE); Marres, Maastricht (NL); Home Works 7, Beirut (LB); Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers (FR); Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville (FR); Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau (DE); Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres (FR); Counterspace, Zürich (CH); La Conservera, Murcia (ES); Mosaic Rooms, London (UK); Casa Arabe, Madrid and Cordoba (ES); New Positions, Art Cologne (DE); Van Eyck, Maastricht (NL); Le 59e Salon de Montrouge (FR); Beirut Art Centre (LB); Beirut Exhibition Centre (LB); A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (PS); Qalandyia International Biennial (PS), and recently in Castle Oud-Rekem (NL). Currently, her work is being shown at the Sharjah Biennial (U.A.E.) and the Barbara Seiler Gallery (CH). 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