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  • Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

    heaters, heat, 2015.
9 heaters are plugged, to bring the daily temperature of Beirut, into the exhibition space in Zurich.
    Courtesy of the artist

    an A4 paper is burned, transformed into ashes, and then pigments,
all the pigments derived from the A4 are then applied by hand on the wall, creating a new and wider landscape. 

    Calendar paper, sun.
    each day of a calendar is exposed to its own sun.
    2 january under the sun of Mount Lebanon 22 march under the sun of Paris 23 june under the sun of Maastricht 

    Souffles d’Artistes
    Balloon, breath of the artist and his girlfriend, 2015.
Souf es d’artistes is an allusion and a twist to the work of avant-garde artist P. Manzoni (1933 – 1963) with the same title, but in its plural form. A balloon has been placed on the ground, and blown up with the breath of Boutros and his girlfriend, artist Stephanie Saade – becoming impossible to divide. 

    plaster, frame, printed plan, 2016.
ln 2016, the framed plan of one of the artist’s previous solo- exhibition “I guess that dreams are always there” is buried in one of his shows in 2016 

    Charbel-joseph H. Boutros was born in Mount Lebanon, in 1981.
    In his work invisibility is charged with intimate, geographical and historical layers; finding poetic lines that extend beyond the realm of existing speculations and realities. Being born in the middle of the Lebanese war, his art is not engaged in an explicit political and historical reflection, but is more accurately haunted by the said political and historical reflection.
    H. Boutros was a resident at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo, Paris and he was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, the Netherlands


    His work has been shown internationally at the 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; Palais de Tokyo, at Centre Pompidou – Metz (upcoming), Paris, France ; CCS Bard College, New York, USA ; 3rd Bahia Biennial, Salvador, Brazil;  1st Yinchuan Biennial, China;  104, Paris, France; MAM-BA Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Brazil; CCA Warsaw, Poland;  Morsbroich Museum, Cologne-Leverkusen, Germany; LAM, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lilles, France; Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE;  Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;  Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Beirut Art Center, Lebanon.


    His permanent installation ‘Suer d’Etoile’ that he realized with the opera toile dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot, inaugurated summer 2016, remains on view in the Palais de Tokyo.

    His works are in the collections such as of CNAP, Paris and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.


    Charbel-joseph H. Boutros lives and works between Beirut and Paris and is represented by the galleries Grey Noise, Dubai and Jaqueline Martins, Sao Paulo.

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