Dubai, UAE

Grey Noise

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Stéphanie Saadé, b. 1983, Lebanon
Lives and works between Beirut and Paris

Stéphanie Saadé’s work takes as a departure point the moment when one becomes estranged from his surroundings. The artist explores the shape, or the shapes, of distance, and makes them visible, as well as the changes in shape of the individual that goes through this estrangement. A process of Artificial Nostalgia is developed, through which strange locations, familiar to the artist, are assembled. The nature of links is questioned, their persistence or their ephemerality. The created knots and ties form pairs, which never become doubles. Single objects are composed from differences brought together.

Saadé graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China. She was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2014/2015), and the Cité Internationale des arts, Paris, France (2015).

Her work has been exhibited at Home Works 7, Beirut, Lebanon / Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers, France / La Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville, Alfortville, France / MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium / Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands / Frieze Art Fair, London, UK / Mosaic Rooms, London, UK / Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain / Casa Árabe, Cordoba, Spain / La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia, Spain / New Positions, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany / Van Eyck, Maastricht, The Netherlands / Le 59e Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France / Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon / Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon / A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine / Qalandyia International Biennial, Qalandyia, Palestine / Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE / Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Anne Barrault, Paris, France.

Forthcoming exhibitions include ‘Say it with Flowers!’ at Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, in June 2016.


Installation view from 'The Shape of Distance', solo exhibition by Stéphanie Saadé, Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE
Installation view from ‘The Shape of Distance’, solo exhibition by Stéphanie Saadé, Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE
Stéphanie Saadé, 'The Day in Order', 2016, plastic ruler, acrylic paint, 3.4 x 51 cm
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘The Day in Order’, 2016, plastic ruler, acrylic paint, 3.4 x 51 cm
Stéphanie Saadé and Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, 'Souffles d’Artistes', 2016, inflated balloon, breaths of two artists in love, dimensions variable
Stéphanie Saadé and Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, ‘Souffles d’Artistes’, 2016, inflated balloon, breaths of
two artists in love, dimensions variable
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Golden Memories', 2016, old photograph, 24 carat gold leaf, 15 x 10 cm / A photograph from the artist’s childhood is covered with gold leaf.
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Golden Memories’, 2016, old photograph, 24 carat gold leaf, 15 x 10 cm / A photograph from the artist’s childhood is covered with gold leaf.
Stéphanie Saadé, 'The Sky is a Village', 2016, printed photographs left outside, 115 x 78 cm and 115 x 95 cm / Pieces of sky taken from childhood photographs are scanned and enlarged to the size of the artist’s studio’s windows (installation view).
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘The Sky is a Village’, 2016, printed photographs left outside, 115 x 78 cm and 115 x 95 cm / Pieces of sky taken from childhood photographs are scanned and enlarged to the size of the artist’s studio’s windows (installation view).
Stéphanie Saadé, 'The Sky is a Village', 2016, printed photographs left outside, 115 x 78 cm and 115 x 95 cm / Pieces of sky taken from childhood photographs are scanned and enlarged to the size of the artist’s studio’s windows.
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘The Sky is a Village’, 2016, printed photographs left outside, 115 x 78 cm and 115 x 95 cm / Pieces of sky taken from childhood photographs are scanned and enlarged to the size of the artist’s studio’s windows.
Stéphanie Saadé, 'The Sky is a Village', 2016, printed photographs left outside, 115 x 78 cm and 115 x 95 cm / Pieces of sky taken from childhood photographs are scanned and enlarged to the size of the artist’s studio’s windows.
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘The Sky is a Village’, 2016, printed photographs left outside, 115 x 78 cm and 115 x 95 cm / Pieces of sky taken from childhood photographs are scanned and enlarged to the size of the artist’s studio’s windows.
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Artificial Nostalgia', 2014, key, sand, diameter: 25 cm, height: 10 cm / The key of the artist’s childhood home in Lebanon is stuck in a small pile of sand from Dubai.
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Artificial Nostalgia’, 2014, key, sand, diameter: 25 cm, height: 10 cm / The key of the artist’s childhood home in Lebanon is stuck in a small pile of sand from Dubai.
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Down to Earth', 2016, prints on paper, frame: 40 x 50 cm / The artist looks for her birthdate in three drop-down menus, at ten years intervals.
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Down to Earth’, 2016, prints on paper, frame: 40 x 50 cm / The artist looks for her birthdate in three drop-down menus, at ten years intervals.
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Down to Earth', 2016, prints on paper, frame: 40 x 50 cm / The artist looks for her birthdate in three drop-down menus, at ten years intervals (detail).
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Down to Earth’, 2016, prints on paper, frame: 40 x 50 cm / The artist looks for her birthdate in three drop-down menus, at ten years intervals (detail).
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Re-Enactment LB/ Taxi', 2014, Mercedes sign, sanded CD, 11.5 cm diameter / A dispositif invented by taxi drivers in Lebanon to ornate their cars is reproduced.
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Re-Enactment LB/ Taxi’, 2014, Mercedes sign, sanded CD, 11.5 cm diameter / A dispositif invented by taxi drivers in Lebanon to ornate their cars is reproduced.
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Moon Pills', 2015, 1 pack of 28 contraceptive pills, watercolor, 15 cm diameter / A cycle of the moon is painted on contraceptive pills (installation view).
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Moon Pills’, 2015, 1 pack of 28 contraceptive pills, watercolor, 15 cm diameter / A cycle of the moon is painted on contraceptive pills (installation view).
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Moon Pills', 2015, 1 pack of 28 contraceptive pills, watercolor, 15 cm diameter / A cycle of the moon is painted on contraceptive pills (detail).
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Moon Pills’, 2015, 1 pack of 28 contraceptive pills, watercolor, 15 cm diameter / A cycle of the moon is painted on contraceptive pills (detail).
Stéphanie Saadé, 'Re-Enactment LB/ Jasmine', 2016, fresh jasmine flowers, size of installation: 300 x 300 x 425 cm / A pile of jasmine flowers seen drying in a house in Beirut is reproduced.
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Re-Enactment LB/ Jasmine’, 2016, fresh jasmine flowers, size of installation: 300 x 300 x 425 cm / A pile of jasmine flowers seen drying in a house in Beirut is reproduced.

Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Re-Enactment LB/ Jasmine’, 2016, fresh jasmine flowers, size of installation: 300 x 300 x 425 cm / A pile of jasmine flowers seen drying in a house in Beirut is reproduced (later view of installation).
Stéphanie Saadé, ‘Re-Enactment LB/ Jasmine’, 2016, fresh jasmine flowers, size of installation: 300 x 300 x 425 cm / A pile of jasmine flowers seen drying in a house in Beirut is reproduced (later view of installation).