Stéphanie Saadé

works

The Shape of Distance, 2016
table et chaise d’écolier, laiton soudé
table : 77 x 40 x 55 et chaise : 80 x 45 x 36 cm
Stéphanie Saadé, Travl Diary
Travel Diary, 2019
printed paper, gold 24-carats
36 x 27,5 (with frame)
Stéphanie Saadé
Contemplating an Old Memory, 2017, 24-carat gold cast of a lentil seed, live lentil sprout of the same seed, plates, iron, water, dimensions variable.
A lentil seed is molded and cast in gold. The same original seed is then left to sprout and grow. The cast and the growing plant are exhibited side by side.
Stéphanie Saadé, Moon Gold
Moongold, 2016-2018, a set of 7 photographs, Moon Gold leaf, 33 x 22 cm (with frame)

 

Stéphanie Saadé, Moon Gold
Moongold, 2016-2018, a set of 7 photographs, Moon Gold leaf, 33 x 22 cm (with frame)
Stéphanie Saadé, Moon Gold
Moongold, 2016-2018, a set of 7 photographs, Moon Gold leaf, 33 x 22 cm (with frame)

 

 

Chalkboard, 2018
old chalkboard with silver leaf
186 x 140 cm

Stéphanie Saadé Les Quatre Coins du Monde

Les Quatre Coins du Monde, 2015
wood of North, wood of South, wood of East, wood of West, paper
62,8 x 62,8 cm
Stéphanie Saadé - Mon seul désir, 2015
Mon seul désir, 2015
polished brass
Sèvres Outdoor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Mon seul désir, 2015
Mon seul désir, 2015
polished brass
Sèvres Outdoor

Building a Home with Time, 2016
2,832 bricks, cement
12 x 599 x 629 x 277,5cm
(exhibition view Parc Saint-Léger)

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Re-Enactment LB
A disposition seen in a traditional Lebanese house – a lamp used as a support for another lamp – is reproduced. This lunar piece mirrors the conflicting relationship between a cheap contemporary culture and the splendour of the past.  Re-Enactment LB/ Chandelier with Plum Blossom Energy Saving Lamp, 2012, old chandelier, plum blossom energy saving lamp.

Re-Enactment is centred around objects fabricated by others, that the artist reproduces. Encountered by chance in different places, the chosen objects escape standardization.

They have been conceived according to a strange logic, different from the artist’s own logic. Through the process of reproduction, this foreign logic is understood and

appropriated. The re-created objects surpass practicality. They access new layers of meaning, and raise questions about the cultural aesthetic they are the results of, or not.

Re-Enactment generates a slow collection of unimportant, neglected objects, which quickly disappear otherwise. Their lives become longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Graceful Degradation, 2013
Graceful Degradation, 2013
welded iron, stainless steel and brass, 40×270 cm
A ladder is made of three different metals, incarnating the idea of an ascension.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Artificial Nostalgia, 2014
Artificial Nostalgia, 2014
key, earth, 15x15x7 cm
The key of the childhood house of the artist in Lebanon is stuck in a small pile of earth from the country where she currently resides.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Golden Memories, 2015
Golden Memories, 2015
childhood photograph, 24-carat gold leaf, various dimensions
A photograph from the artist’s childhood is covered over in gold leaf. The past memory is no longer accessible and instead reflects the present.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Nostalgic Geography, 2013
Nostalgic Geography, 2013
printed map, mirror stainless steel track, 83x83cm.
A familiar trajectory, regularly undertook by the artist when she lived in Paris, is transposed onto the map of Lebanon. A number of obstacles prevent the Parisian path to be crossed : it is interrupted by a river, buildings, or the absence of streets. By coincidence, the end point on the new map is located very close to the place where the artist lived as a child.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Reverse Sea, 2014
Reverse Sea, 2014
print, water, 29,7 x 42 cm
A photograph of the sky and the sea lays in a puddle of water. The water from the sea falls down from the photograph to the floor. The water on
the floor goes up on the photograph and slowly degrades it. Everyday, the water is renewed.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Accelerated Time, 2014
Accelerated Time, 2014
installation size : 50cm
A vase is broken into smaller and smaller fragments, until some of its fragments are reduced to powder.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Window Shape, 2013
Window Shade, 2013
163 x 278cm / 2 laser-jet photographs divided in bands and laminated on both sides of the blades of a Venetian blind
When the gallery opens, the blinds are shifted : the day sky is seen from the inside and the night sky from the outside. When the gallery closes, the blinds are shifted again and the night falls inside of the gallery. During the opening hours, it is the day only inside of the gallery and everywhere outside is dark. During the closing hours, the works in the gallery are put to sleep, and the exhibition moves to the outside. Window Shade establishes a relationship between the individual and natural phenomena; In off-beat with the natural cycles, a double reality is created: the day rises twice in the city, and the night falls twice.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Opposite Chain, 2014
Opposite Chain, 2014
hand made iron and stainless steel chain, 300 x 5 x 1 cm
A chain is composed of alternated stainless steel and iron links. It attaches together two materials with opposite qualities. The stainless steel links will never rust, the iron links will rust. With time, the chain will dissolve.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Opposite Chain, 2014
Opposite Chain, 2014
hand made iron and stainless steel chain, 300 x 5 x 1 cm
A chain is composed of alternated stainless steel and iron links. It attaches together two materials with opposite qualities. The stainless steel links will never rust, the iron links will rust. With time, the chain will dissolve.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphanie Saadé - Faux-Jumeaux, 2014
Faux-Jumeaux, 2014, 
natural white rose, artificial white rose, vase, 15x30cm / A natural rose and its plastic imitation cohabitate in the same vase. As the days pass by, the difference between them becomes an evidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

biography


Stéphanie Saadé is a graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris and from the China Academy of Arts of Hangzhou.

Stéphanie Saadé ‘s work suggests and plays on the poetic and the metaphor. She supplies us with clues, signs, and sometimes silent leads with no images, which communicate reciprocally like the words of a single sentence. It is up to the viewer to decipher, like an archeologist in front of traces, fossils, and fragments. The enigma has often to do with the artist’s personal history.

She has recently had an exhibition in Des expositions personnelles de son travail se sont tenues récemment au Parc Saint-Léger, Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux et à la Maison Salvan, Labège, ainsi qu’au musée Van Loon à Amsterdam. Son travail a aussi été exposé à la Punta della Dogana, Venise / MOCA Toronto / Les Abattoirs, Toulouse / La Criée, Renne / Sharjah Biennale 13 / MAXXI, Rome / MuHKA, Anvers / Kunsthaus Pasquart, Bienne / National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík / Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo / Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad / Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, New York / Marres, Maastricht / La Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville / Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau / Mosaic Rooms, Londres / Casa Árabe, Madrid / Casa Árabe, Cordoue / La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcie / Home Works 7, Beyrouth / Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers / Van Eyck, Maastricht / Le 59e Salon de Montrouge / Beirut Art Center, Beyrouth / Beirut Exhibition Center, Beyrouth /A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah / Qalandyia International Biennial, Palestine.

Stéphanie Saadé was in residency in Villa Empain, the Boghossian Foundation of Brussels (2017), in Maastricht Jan Van Eyck Academy (2014), and in Paris Cité Internationale des Arts (2015).


Solo exhibitions

2020

  • Choses sues et oubliées | Galerie anne barrault – Paris
  • Under the Shadow of an Unknown Tree | Akinci, Amsterdam
  • 2019

  • The Travels of Here and Now | Museum van Loon, Amsterdam
  • 2018

  • Traversée des États | Parc Saint-Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux
  • Destinée cherche propriétaire | Maison Salvan, Labège
  • A Reunion with Unknown Friends | Galerie anne barrault – Paris
  • 2016

  • Building a Home with Time | Counterspace, Zurich, Suisse
  • The Shape of Distance | Grey Noise, Dubaï
  • The Leaf Once Pilgrim | Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
  • 2015

  • En Dormance | Galerie anne barrault – Paris

  • Discipline of Nostalgia, adhoc gallery, Vigo, Espagne
    New positions, Art Cologne, présentation solo avec la galerie Akinci, Allemagne
    Van Eyck open studios, Jan van Eyck academie, Maastricht, Pays-Bas

    Group exhibitions

    2020

  • A Few in Many Places | 5 artists interventions in 5 different cities | Protocinema, Beyrouth | Curated by: Mari Spirito
  • Game of Goose, with Caline Aoun, Sirine Fattouh, Paul Hage Boutros, Martín La Roche, Marwan Moujaes, Stéphanie Saadé, Sanne Vaassen and Maha Yammine. | Salts, Basel | Curated by: Stéphanie Saadé
  • Paper Biennal | Museum Rijswijk | Curated by: Diana Wind
  • Be my Guest (1) | Galerie anne barrault – Paris
  • 2019

  • When two artists meet | Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros & Stéphanie Saadé | Rongwrong, Amsterdam | Curated by: Vincent Verhoef and Arnisa Zeqo
  • Partir ! Partir ! | Espace d'art contemporain, Bédarieux | Curated by: Le musée des Abattoirs
  • L'œil et la nuit | Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris | Curated by: Géraldine Bloch
  • Age of You | Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Canada | Curated by: Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist
  • Art Festival Watou | Vzw Kunst / Stichting IJsberg, Schore, Belgique
  • Marcher pour vivre | Palais des Évêques, Saint-Lisiers | Curated by: Le musée des Abattoirs
  • What Can A Dot Become ? | Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam | Curated by: Stéphanie Saadé
  • Personne, pas même la pluie, n'a de si petites mains | La Criée, centre d'art contemporain, Rennes

  • 2018
    Condo unit, avec Stéphanie Saadé, Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros, Michael-John Wheelan, The Breeders, Athens, GR
    Art Dusseldorf, Akinci gallery, Areal Böhler, Dusseldorf, DE
    Zeitspuren, The power of now, Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel, CH
    Home Beirut. Sounding the neighbors, MAAXI, Rome, Italie
    Beirut, Beyrut, Bayrut, Beyrouth, Beyrout, exposition collective itinérante, Oslo Kunstforening / Ystad Konstmuseum
    Cycles of collapsing Progress, Rachid Karamé International Fair, Tripoli, Liban
    OR, co-curated by Marcel Tavé, Philippe Jockey, Jean-Roch Bouiller & Miriame Morel Deledalle, MUCEM, Marseille
    Sundays, 019, Gand, Belgique
    Liste Art Fair, avec Marfa’Projects (Beirut), Bâle, Suisse
    Moonshow avec Caline Aoun, Charbel-Jocseph H. Boutros, Fahd Burki, Mehreen Murtaza, Stéphanie Saadé et Michael John Whelan, Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai UAE
    So long ago it feels like a memory of someone else, Hessel Museum, New-York
    Le Chemin du Retour, Printemps de l’art contemporain, parcours artistiques à Marseille, Aix en Provence, Istres et Chateauneuf-le-rouge
    Ashkal Alwan 25th anniversary exhibition, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

    2017
    Sharajah Biennale 13, curated by Christine Thome, Tamawuj, Act 1
    le chemin du retour, FIAC hors-les-murs, jardin des Tuileries, Paris / galerie anne barrault
    Home Beirut, sounding the neighbours, curated by Hou Hanrou & Giulia Ferracci, MAXXI, Rome, IT
    The Materiality of the Invisible, Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa, Maastricht, Pays Bas
    Home is so Fucking Complicated, curated by Samuel Leuenberger,galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna
    Scamming, curated by Franziska Sophie Wildfoerster and Flavio Palasciano,Palazzo Lancia, Torino, IT
    Ghosting of Beings and Worlds, Grey Noise gallery, Dubai
    Quiet, curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Barbara Seiler gallery, Zurich, CH
    Kindlin, curated by Rachel Dedman, Fotopub, Novo Mesto, SL
    Epitopou, ephemeral works in the landscape, Andros Island, Greece
    Kunsthalle 3000, a project by Thomas Geiger, Dalieh, Raouché, Beirut, LB
    Transformations, Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam
    Two to Tango, Sperling gallery, Munich

    2016
    Say it with flowers, Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Allemagne
    Sèvres Outdoors, Sèvres, cité de la céramique / galerie anne barrault
    Voice of the Border, curated by Fatma Cheffi,galerie Selma Feriani, Tunis, Tunisie
    nouveau ! avec Tiziana La Melia, Guillaume Pinard, Dasha Shishkin, Céline Vaché-Olivieri et Alun Williams, galerie anne barrault, Paris
    Still Life, curated by Franck Balland,espace culturel Claude Parent, Nevers, France
    Les Fragments de l’Amour, curated by Léa Bismuth, La Traverse, centre d’art contemporain d’Alfortville, France
    Do Boomerangs Always Come Back ? Castle Out-Rekem, Limburg, BE
    The Morning I Killed a Fly, curated by Chiara Ianeselli, Galeria Mazzoli, Modena, IT

    2015
    I spy with my little eye : an emerging generation of Beirut artists, Mosaic Room, London, Great-Britain (2015), Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain (2016), Casa Arabe, Cordoue (2016), curated by Sam Bardaouil et Till Fellrath
    Adam, Eve & the Devil, with Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Stanley Brouwn, David Claerbout, Harald Gruyter & Jos Thys, Ann Veronica Janssens, MARRES, House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Pays-Bas
    Frieze London Focus, Grey Noise
    The Girl with the Sun in her Head, Van Eyck, Maastricht, Pays-Bas
    Sun, Romance and Destruction, galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, France
    Eternel Retour, with Mathieu Mercier, Rodolphe Delaunay, Alderic Trevel, galerie Perception Park, Paris, France

    2014
    13, LA CONSERVERA, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcie, Espagne
    Passages, Akinci gallery, Amsterdam, avec Sophie Calle, Hamza Halloubi and Imogen Stidworthy
    The Pink Sky, MuHKA, Anvers, Belgique
    59e salon de Montrouge, Le Beffroi, Montrouge, FranceMemory Material, Stéphanie Saadé et Jananne al Ani, Akinci gallery, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
    Witness Matter, Vitrine gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

    2013
    Intangible Experiences,… curated by Amanda Abi Khalil, Grey Noise gallery, Dubaï, E.A.U
    Journeys through our Heritage, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beyrouth, Liban
    Crisis Practice, WORKSHOP gallery, Beyrouth, Liban
    Another Time, The Running Horse gallery, Beyrouth, Liban
    We hesitated between arrangements, modulations and manoeuvres, MINUS 5, Mkalles, Liban
    TRANSFORM, curated by Sibylle Heinger & Franz Krähenbühhl, Berne, Suisse
    PROGR-Fenster, PROGR, Berne, Suisse
    Peeping Tom Issue#3 Beirut Launching exhibition, Papercut, Mar Mikahaël, LB

    2012
    Qalandiya International (QI) Biennale, biennale itinérante, Palestine
    Young Artist of the Year, the Hassan Hourani Award, A.M.Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine
    A Territory of Resistance, The Running Horse gallery, Karantina, Liban

    2011
    Exposure
    , Beirut Art Center, Beyrouth, Liban

    Bibliography

    CATALOGUES

    2019
    Luogo et Segni, Fondation Pinault, Venise, Italie.
    2018
    Or, MUCEM, Marseille, France.
    Destinée Cherche Propriétaire, Maison Salvan (monographie et livre d’artiste)
    It’s always been, contemporary artists from lebanon, Imago Mundi, Italy.
    2017
    Home Beirut, Sounding the Neighbors, MAXXI, Rome, Italie.
    2015
    The Morning I Killed a Fly, avec un texte de Chiara Ianeselli, curatrice, galerie Mazzolli, Modène, Italie.
    Van Eyck open studios catalogue, Maastricht, Pays-Bas.
    2014
    The Pink Sky catalogue d’exposition, MuHKA, Anvers, Belgique.
    Salon de Montrouge catalogue d’exposition, Montrouge, France.
    2013
    PEEPING TOM DIGEST #3 BEIRUT, Paris, France.
    Journeys through our Heritage, catalogue d’exposition, Beirut Exhibition Center, Liban.
    2012
    Young Artist of the Year Award catalogue d’exposition, A.M.Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine.
    Exposure 2011, catalogue d’exposition, Beirut Art Center, Liban.
    2010
    Catalogue des diplômés, ENSBA, Paris, France.

    PUBLICATIONS
    2017
    Une Poétique de la Réparation, texte de Caroline Cros, Marfa’ Projects, Beirut, Lebanon.
    2016
    Rewind, Fast, Forward, Counter Space, Zurich, Suisse.
    2015
    TRANSFORM, Berne, Suisse.
    I Spy with my Little Eye, Mosaic Rooms, Londres, Royaume-Uni.
    Adam, Eve and the Devil, MARRES, House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Pays-Bas.
    The Girl with the Sun in her Head, entretiens avec Padraic E.Moore, curateur, Van Eyck, Pays-Bas.
    2013
    Crisis Practice publication, WORKSHOP gallery, Liban.
    Volume 2, publication annuelle, Grey Noise, Dubaï, UAE.

    PRESS

    2019
    Art Forum, par Murtaza Vali, 4 juin
    Art in America, par Rahel Aima, 1er mai
    Alserkal Folio, « Retracing, remembering », par rachel bennett, 22 avril
    Art Agenda, « Stéphanie Saadé’s «l’espace de 70 jours» », par Natasha Marie Llorens, 7 février

    2018
    Beaux-Arts magazine, « 12 786 jours dans la vie de Stéphanie Saadé », par Emmanuelle Lequeux.
    Beaux-Arts magazine hors-série, « Or au MUCEM », paru le 16 mai 2018, ean : 9791020404480
    Alserkal Avenue Folio, « The effect of revisited time , par Katrina Kufer.
    Make it last, « artist Stéphanie Saadé and the natural world », par Reem Idriss.

    2017
    Art Press N°444, oeuvre en couverture et article « 13e Biennale D’art Contemporain De Sharjah », par Anaël Pigeat.
    The Daily Star, « Precious Banalities In Gold Leaf », de Jim Quilty.

    2016
    Extérieurs, « Stéphanie Saadé Magnifie Le Temps », par Coralie Técher.
    Ibraaz, « Stéphanie Saadé’s The Shape Of Distance », par Rahel Aima.

    2015
    Art Press, « Home Works 7 : Beyrouth solaire malgré tout », Léa Bismuth.
    The Daily Star, « Toxic Monuments, precious Landscapes », Jim Quilty.
    Le Quotidien de l’Art n°761, « Stéphanie Saadé, Souvenir du Liban », Emmanuelle Lequeux.

    2014
    Frieze issue 162, Paul Carey Kent.

    2013
    Dust magazine online.

    Grants and residencies

    2018/2019

    3 Package Deal, bourse d’un an du Fond d’Amsterdam pour l’Art (AFK) en collaboration avec le musée Van Loon, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

    2018

    Lauréate du Artadia Art Award (NADA Miami).

    Artiste en résidence, Mexico et Guadalajara, avec Studio Cur’art et PAOS.

    2017/2018

    Artiste en résidence, Maison Salvan, Labège, France.

    2017

    Artiste en résidence, Villa Empain, Fondation Boghossian, Bruxelles, Belgique.

    2015

    Artiste en résidence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (lauréate de la bourse de l’Institut Français).

    2014/2015

    Artiste en résidence, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Pays-Bas.

    2013

    Artiste en résidence, PROGR, Berne, Suisse.

    2010/2012

    Post-diplôme, China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, Chine.

    2005/2010

    ENSBA École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, obtention du DNSAP.

    press


    ARTFORUM * Summer 2019
    review by Murtaza Vali

    ART AGENDA * February 2019
    by Natasha Marie Llorens

    ART PRESS * December 2015
    by Léa Bismuth

    LE QUOTIDIEN DE L’ART  * 30 January 2015

    by Emmanuelle Lequeux

    exhibitions


    Current exhibitions

    • Paper Biennal
      Museum Rijswijk
      Curated by: Diana Wind
      27 June - 20 November 2020
    • Game of Goose, with Caline Aoun, Sirine Fattouh, Paul Hage Boutros, Martín La Roche, Marwan Moujaes, Stéphanie Saadé, Sanne Vaassen and Maha Yammine.
      Salts, Basel
      Curated by: Stéphanie Saadé
      17 September - 30 October 2020
    • A Few in Many Places
      Protocinema, Beyrouth
      Curated by: Mari Spirito
      26 September - 30 October 2020

    Upcoming exhibitions

    • Choses sues et oubliées
      Galerie anne barrault – Paris
      17 October - 28 November 2020
    • Under the Shadow of an Unknown Tree
      Akinci, Amsterdam
      10 October - 14 November 2020

    Gallery exhibitions

    books & prints


    Stéphanie Saadé - Destinée Cherche Propriétaire

    Destinée Cherche Propriétaire

    Stéphanie Saadé

    la Maison Salvan

    2018

    20 €

    Stéphanie Saadé - Rose des vents

    Stéphanie Saadé

    10 copies

    2017

    42 x 30 cm

    1000 €