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Stephanie Saade's "Elastic Distance," 2017, consists of a wall-mounted mobile telephone, whose screen shows a changing series of digits. Updated every five seconds by data from the artist's mobile, the number reflects Saade's physical distance from the work.Lodged on the first floor of the Sharjah Art Foundation's Bait al-Serkal, Saade's "Portrait of a Lake" reproduces a 1938 map of Lebanon's Yammouneh Lake, printed upon a 280 cm x 480 cm piece of fabric that's been suspended from the ceiling by lengths of hemp rope. The map collects water, which saturates the fabric and drips to form a puddle on the concrete floor below.Yammouneh Lake is the only naturally occurring lake in the Bekka, the artist explains, though technically it's not a lake at all but a "pull-apart," a reservoir formed on the geological fault line between two tectonic plates.For all the distance separating Beirut and Sharjah, Saade easily elucidates links between "Portrait of a Lake" and "The Second Space".These pieces are reminiscent of Saade's 2015 work "A Map of Good Memories," a floor-mounted gold leaf map of Lebanon, first staged at Beirut Art Center as part of Home Works 7 . For her solo exhibition Saade also uses the gallery's floors and ceilings.
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