Yassin Dynasty



2013


Series of Porcelain Vases 
Variable Dimensions


Yassin Dynasty is a series of porcelain works depicting several battles from the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) produced in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China. The project is derivative from the work China (2012), which was made possible with the support of the Abraaj Group Art Prize. The Yassin Dynasty works are part-beautiful object, part-historical document, and part-mass-produced product. They echo the ancient tradition of recording victories at battle on vases and ceramics for the sake of posterity, and suggest that countless objects painted by different porcelain masters are being reproduced under the same fictional “dynasty”. The battles detailed on the works on display are ones that were instrumental for territorial, demographic, and political shifts in Lebanon, and their ramifications are still tangible today. The works also embody the image of a Chinese decorative readymade object that could possibly be found in any Lebanese home. This merging between traditional, historical, and artisanal elements creates a conceptually complex and multi-layered work.

Installation View in Castillo Di Rivoli

Installation View in Castillo Di Rivoli