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Abdel-Aziz Street is dense three-dimensional collage of billboards, signage and ads, plastered on every wall of every structure. One display window, however, exhibits a more refined image. "Landscapes," the solo show of work by Lebanese artist Fadia Haddad, now up at Agial Gallery, exudes an existential aura. Distinct figures are rare in Haddad's work, and she uses color very sparingly – her canvasses ruled by black and white and grey. The Lebanese landscapes that resonate from Haddad's work are from her distant past. The most obvious feature of Haddad's landscapes is the absence of concrete figures.Haddad recalls the Lebanon of decades past as something regal, natural and strong.Haddad says she visits Beirut, then returns to Paris as quickly as possible.This is why she calls her landscapes as "Land-escapes". Through her paintings, the artist is able to escape the troubling atrocities inflicted upon her image of Lebanon. Fadia Haddad's "Landscapes" is up at Agial Art Gallery through Nov. 21 .
A bird’s eye view of cityscapes
Remembering when Beirut thrived
Walid Nahas’ symphonies of color
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