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Precious objects need not be ostentatious, but "A Map of Good Memories" is particularly unobtrusive. At first blush Stephanie Saade's 2015 work might be mistaken for a stain on the floor of the Beirut Art Center's main gallery. It seems Saade's map isn't a smear of coffee or paint that's been spilt on the concrete floor and allowed to dry but a layer of 24-carat gold leaf.The artist has employed maps and landscape elements in some of her past work. Public exhibition soils the work's depiction of "precious memory," suggesting a formal scepticism toward nostalgia."A Map of Good Memories" is one of 10 works curator Christine Tohme has selected for "On Water, Rosemary and Mercury," one of two exhibitions mounted for Home Works 7, Ashkal Alwan's sort-or-biennial forum on cultural practices. Each work depicts a household's interior landscapes, or else still lifes of some of the objects that belong there.An artist talking to you though a tissue box is less so.
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