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This image, a photoshopped creation by Egypt-born artist Yves Hayat, is part of the series "Business Must Go On".Today, Hayat makes his living solely as an artist, but the skills he learned during his two decades creating visuals designed to sell are evident throughout his body of work.Hayat's work, however, is more polished – sleek, shiny and as sexy as a sports car commercial.In other words, art should not simply assert a political position, but simultaneously question it.Unlike many of the young Syrian artists working on pieces related to the war, and whose work becomes activist through its single-sided agenda, Hayat says he's not interested in selling others on his view. For this series, Hayat takes black-and-white photographs of famous figures and Photoshops each portrait to make it appear as though the subject's eyes are closed.Taking the iconic image of the Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle, unchanged since 1924, Hayat plays with the words on the label to create a powerful message about colonial legacies and hunger for change.Yves Hayat's "Mystifications" is up at Mark Hachem Gallery in Downtown until Oct. 11 .
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