beirut-lebanon

Tamara El Samerraei

Agial Art Gallery

Tamara El Samerraei’s first solo exhibition in Beirut featured just twelve paintings, all dated 2008. While this could have made for a rather thin debut, “Something White,” as the show was called, introduced a confident, self-contained series of new works and signaled the start of more a focused phase in the artist’s career. Born and raised in Kuwait, Samerraei studied art in Lebanon and has been based in Beirut for more than a decade. She has shown flashes of brilliance in the past—notably the moody installation Red Balloons, 2001, which was shown briefly in the now-defunct Beirut art space Espace SD as part of an initiative highlighting experimental, noncommercial works; or the sculptural installation Music Box, 2005, featuring a porcelain doll spinning awkwardly on a rotating wooden base, which was presented in a derelict house for an international artists’ workshop in the mountain town

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