LOT 36
Dalia Baassiri
Mount Neverest, 2021
Graphite on paper
35 x 50 cm
Signed and dated

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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About This Artwork

Is cleansing Beirut possible? This city has continuously been engulfed in smoke since the outbreak of the civil war in 1975. Can we really get rid of this accumulated dust over the years? Should we wipe away the residues of the past when they are so deeply rooted in our memories? I am in a constant search to find a relationship between art and daily life. For instance, while washing the dishes, I try to find answers by observing the soapsuds; I am captivated by their delicacy and softness. They quietly dematerialize into the void, never resting, while emitting a tender subtle sound. My work starts in the kitchen, specifically at the sink. I create forms with soap foam, take pictures of them and then watch them dissipate and disappear peacefully. This daily dialogue with soap has become an urge; a serene ritual which allows me to confront my fragility and soothe the wounds of my city.

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  • About Dalia Baassiri

    Dalia Baassiri is a multidisciplinary artist born in Sidon, Lebanon in 1981, graduated in 2003 from the Lebanese American University with a BS in Graphic Design and went on to pursue her MFA in 2012 at Chelsea College of Arts in London. 

    Growing up during the civil war, she spent most of her childhood indoors and found refuge in drawing at an early age. In her work, Baassiri is highly concerned with exploring materiality and surface, often focusing on volume, thickness, and weight. Her current investigations deal with the immediacy of the everyday, dust or traces left behind by human actions, and cleaning routines. Baassiri’s work has been showcased at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut Art Fair, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, the Ayyam Young Collectors’ Auction in Dubai, Celeste Prize 9th ed. in London and Arte Laguna Prize 13th ed. in Venice and many more. Her main first solo Exhibition in Lebanon Wiped off took place in 2017 at Galerie Janine Rubeiz where her work is permanently exhibited. 

    Dalia has been awarded by Fabriano, Maraya, and the Lebanese Web Design. She has also been granted art residencies among them; a fellowship at Siena Art Institute in Italy in 2015 by Kempinski Young Artist Program, a dual residency at RU in Brooklyn and Sculpture Space in Utica NY in 2016 sponsored by ArteEast, and the latest one in 2018 was awarded by Arte Laguna Prize 12th ed. at Espronceda Institute of Art and Culture in Barcelona where she held her solo exhibition Vesuvius. 

    LOT 36
    Dalia Baassiri
    Mount Neverest

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    LOT 36

    Dalia Baassiri

    Mount Neverest


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