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Katya Traboulsi's exhibition "Perpetual Identities" treads the line between destruction and beauty. Based on the design of mortar shells that rained down on Lebanon during its 1975-90 civil war, these sculptures send a powerful message of peace. Up at Saleh Barakat Gallery, Traboulsi's show displays 46 hand-crafted shells, each adorned with cultural iconographies associated with different countries. By remaking these violent forms as stunning ornaments, Traboulsi hopes to send a message of peace.Out of respect for the identity of each country, Traboulsi says she tried to use traditional techniques and materials. Lebanon's shell, for instance, represents the story of the Phoenicians, carved on cedar wood.
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