In her work, Stéphanie Saadé (1983, Lebanon) addresses subjects like memory and individual experience of time, scale and place. She affects objects and photographs in a subtle way, measuring terms of growth or decrease, articulated by time, weathering and other natural phenomena. Through a language of suggestion she shares clues, signs, imageless and occasionally silent trails with us, which interact like the words of a single sentence. It is for the viewer to decipher them, as would an archaeologist faced with traces, fossils, and fragments. Playing with poetics and metaphors based on stories, history and personal experiences, Stéphanie Saadé finds a delicate balance between what is fleeting and what is tangible.
Stéphanie 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 (2014/2015), and the Cité Internationale des arts, Paris (2015). Saadé is the 2018-19 recipient of the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) 3Package Deal program, a 1 year Interhistoricity scholarship linked to 4 renown museums and institutions of the city of Amsterdam.
Stéphanie Saadé has had institutional solo exhibitions in Museum Van Loon (The Travels of Here and Now, 2019) in Amsterdam, Parc Saint Léger (Crossing States, 2018) and Maison Salvan (Destiny Without a Beholder, 2018) in France. Her work has been exhibited at a.o. Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy; MOCA Toronto, Canada; Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France; La Criée, Rennes, France; Sharjah Biennale 13, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; MAXXI, Rome, Italy; MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland; Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway; Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad, Sweden; Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, New York, USA; Marres, Maastricht, Netherlands; La Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville, Alfortville, France; Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany; Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain; Casa Árabe, Cordoba, Spain; La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia, Spain; Home Works 7, Beirut, Lebanon; Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers, France; Van Eyck, Maastricht, 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.