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. 

    Having grown up during the civil war, she questions the relationship with a country in continuous conflict. How does one identify with a land while having spent most of childhood indoors? In her multidisciplinary work ranging from drawing, painting to sculpture, she finds refuge and answers within the parameters of her own home. The world of the domestic, from dust to walls and everything in between, has become the most familiar fertile ground for artistic discourse. Baassiri’s work has been showcased at Galerie Janine Rubeiz (Beirut), Beirut Art Fair, Menart Fair (Paris), Art Dubai, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, the Ayyam Young Collectors’ Auction (Dubai), Galerie Odile Ouizeman (Paris), Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center (Brooklyn NY), Arsenale Nord (Venice); OXO Tower Wharf (London) and many more. Her first solo Exhibition in Lebanon "Wiped off" took place in 2017 at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.

    Residencies and prizes include a dual fellowship at at Kempinski (Berlin) and Siena Art Institute in Italy granted by Kempinski Young Artist Program (2015); a dual residency at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY and Sculpture Space in Utica, NY sponsored by ArteEast (2016); a Residency at Fallani Venezia in Venice and at Espronceda Institute of Art and Culture in Barcelona (we she had her solo "Vesuvius"), both awarded by Arte Laguna Prize 12th ed. (2018). 

    Her sculptures have been finalists for the Celeste Prize 9th ed. (2017) in London and at the Arte Laguna Prize 13th ed. (2019) in Venice.

    LOT 36
    Dalia Baassiri
    Mount Neverest

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    LOT 36

    Dalia Baassiri

    Mount Neverest


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