My Last Self-Portrait



2013
Performance


This work is a performance based on Khalil Saleeby's last work before he died - a self-portrait of the artist looking backwards over his shoulder towards the viewer. Khalil Saleeby is one of the founders of modern art in Lebanon, but his life was cut short when a dispute with fellow villagers culminated in his murder. In this piece, young budding Lebanese artists (aspiring painters) will be invited to sit inside the exhibition space with a canvas and an easel in front of Saleeby's portrait, and made to copy the painting as accurately as possible. Through this interaction an allegorical trajectory will transpire: Saleeby will be looking back over his shoulder at the future, embodied by the young art student; the young artist will look forward towards the past, embodied by Saleeby. This performative gesture explores how conceivable it is to become an artist in modern Lebanon, within a society that effectively could "kill" an artist at any given moment.

Documentation of the performance

Documentation of the performance

Documentation of the performance

Documentation of the performance

Documentation of the performance

Documentation of the performance

Documentation of the performance