Stéphanie Saadé

works

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
The Encounter of the First and Last Particles of Dust, 2020
curtains and enbroidery
4 curtains x (322,5 x 294 cm)

Stéphanie Saadé
Mariage, 2014
clés usagées, soudure
2 x 15 cm

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

   

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 Parc Saint-Léger, Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux, Maison Salvan, Labège, and at the Van Loon Museum in Amsterdam. He work was also presented in group exhibitions in 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).
She is currently participating in the Accelerations season at the Centre Pompidou, curated by Michel Gauthier (2022-2023).
A monograph entitled, Building a Home with Time, has just been published by the Centre Pasquart in Switzerland.


Solo exhibitions

2023

  • Stéphanie Saadé | Un mot sur tant de bouches | Galerie anne barrault – Paris
  • 2022

  • launch of Stéphanie Saadé's new monograph in the presence of the artist and Marjolaine Levy | Fondation d'entreprise Pernod Ricard, Paris
  • Where Eyes Rest | Grey Noise, Dubaï
  • Stage of Life | Marfa’ projects, Beyrouth, Liban
  • Building a Home with Time | Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart, Bienne, Suisse
  • 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

    2022

  • I Am Nobody. Are You Nobody Too? | Mesher, Istanbul, Turquie | Curated by: Selen Anselm
  • Re-appaering imaginaries | Misk Art Institute, Riyadh | Curated by: Samuel Leuenberger
  • Art Brussels | Tour & Taxis, Brussels
  • Vergoldet / Gilded | Château de Nyon, Suisse | Curated by: Harald Theiss
  • Soundtrack for a Troubled Time | Tlön Projects, Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Curated by: Chris Bestebreurtje & Petra Kuipers
  • 2021

  • How will it end ? | Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Bruxelles | Curated by: Alicia Knock & Louma Salamé, with the Centre Pompidou
  • Stories of abstraction. Greenberg's nightmare | Fondation d'entreprise Pernod Ricard, Paris | Curated by: Marjolaine Levy
  • a yellow sun, a black sun | Martch, Istanbul | Curated by: Karina el Helou
  • Ajar | galerie Hubert Winter, Vienne | Curated by: Mouna Mekouar
  • Charbel-joseph H. Boutros & Stéphanie Saadé | Marres, Maastricht
  • 3 collectionneurs#8 | Eté 78, Bruxelles | Curated by: Edgard F. Grima, SAFFCA.EU, été 78
  • Géographie de l'intime | Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis
  • 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
  • Luogo e Segni | Punta Della Dogana - Pinault Collection, Venise | Curated by: Martin Bethenod & Mouna Mekouar
  • 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.

    Collections

    Centre National des Arts Plastiques : CNAP, France

    MAXXI Rome, Italy

    BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION Charjah, UAE

    Fonds d’art contemporain – Paris Collections, France

    Centraal Museum Utrecht, Netherlands

    Grants and residencies

    2022-2023
    Accelerations season at the Centre Pompidou
    curated by Michel Gauthier

    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

    • I Am Nobody. Are You Nobody Too?
      Mesher, Istanbul, Turquie
      Curated by: Selen Anselm
      14 September – 12 February 2023
    • Stéphanie Saadé
      Galerie anne barrault – Paris
      7 January - 25 February 2023


    Gallery exhibitions

    books & prints


    Building a Home with Time

    Caroline Cros & Stefanie Gschwend

    Kunsthaus Centre d'art Pasquart / Verlag für moderne Kunst

    2022

    135 pages

    32 €

    The Travels of Here and Now

    Stéphanie Saadé & Essay by Arnisa Zeqo

    2020

    15 x 25,5 cm

    20 pages

    25 €

    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 €