As a witness of the years of the Lebanese Civil War, not only as an artist, but also as a poet and journalist, Laure Ghorayeb obsessively drew the horrors of the war on caricaturesque works that depict personal adventures and the experience of loss through animated but profoundly irreverent abject characters. Excavating history in humorous and often sardonic passages, Ghorayeb quotes history to history itself, using a methodology closer to the cinematic montage than merely collage. Drawings overlaid alongside newspaper cuts, personal notes, photographs, cuts from magazines, scraps of paper, sometimes mere doodling. An accurate surveying of the territory of impossibility called Beirut and its broken voices, shredded between the same newspaper cuts, personal notes, photographs cuts from magazines and scraps of paper. The search for upheaval and freedom through narration is at the heart of an artist who, after publishing a number of works, has moved into more conceptual fields where found materials and embroidery beans become primary elements of an aesthetic aimed to construct a world still a war, still beset by turmoil, still un-free, still held in chains.
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