Stéphanie Saadé was born in 1983 in Lebanon. She lives and works between Beirut and Paris. Saadé graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China. She was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2014-2015), and the Cité Internationale des arts, Paris, France (2015).Her work takes as a departure point the moment when one becomes estranged from her/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. Single objects are composed from differences brought together.
In the light of Stéphanie Saadé’s current residency in Amsterdam, part of the 3Package Deal by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten (AFK) and Bureau Broedplaatsen (BBp), Museum van Loon will present The Travels of Here and Now, an installation by Stéphanie Saadé, from September 6 – November 4, at Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL. The Museum is a member of the coalition Transhistoricity, which also includes Oude Kerk, Castrum Peregrini and de Reinwardt Academie.
Stéphanie Saadé’s work has been presented in solo shows at Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, FR and Maison Salvan, Labège, FR, and featured recently in group exhibitions at MUCEM, Marseille, FR; Hessel Museum, New York, USA; Sharjah Biennal 13, Sharjah, U.A.E.; Home Works 7, Beirut, Lebanon; MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; La Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville, Alfortville, France; Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany; Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres, France; Counterspace, Zurich, Switzerland; Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers, France; Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain; Casa Árabe, Cordoba, Spain; La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia, Spain; New Positions, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany; Van Eyck, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Le 59e Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France; Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon; Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon; A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine; Qalandyia International Biennial, Qalandyia, Palestine.