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From the exhibition "Vanishing Impressions"

Rima Saab, Vanishing Impressions

“Trees, mountains, skies and clouds keep on reminding us that there are other layers of existence more essential than our daily worries. Ultimately we don’t know whether we perceive them, or we are perceived by them….”–Rima

Can’t wait to see you all….

Espace Kettaneh Kunigk (Tanit) cordially invites you to
Vanishing Impressions
a painting exhibition by
Rima Saab
Opening: Wednesday December 12, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm
The exhibition will be on view until January 15, 2013
يستمر المعرض لغاية ١٥ كانو ن الثاني ٢٠١٣
الافتتاح: نهار الأربعاء الواقع في ١٢ كانون الأوّل ٢٠١٢ من الساعة ٦ حتّى ٩ مساءً
Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 7pm
Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm


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* Photo: Aube | 80×90 | Acrylic on canvas

All are welcome!

Artist Rima Saab’s exhibition at Phoenicia Hotel’s 50th Anniversary- Lebanon

Phoenicia Hotel in Lebanon celebrated its 50th year of success & glory (Sep 2011). The celebration highlighted Lebanese artists who are internationally renowned for their talent and inspirational pieces.

Rima Saab was one of the artist who portrayed her latest works in photography.

“Made in a visual poetry narrating past and present, I observe Beirut quarters changing everyday with the turbulent changes of ideologies. Street walls, windows, signs, graffiti, posters, and even war traces, all reveal a forgotten beauty: the beauty of dust and time, the beauty of being imperfect, and the beauty of accepting difference! In my work on Beirut walls, I try to show the defence of cultural identity, which plays a key role today in political and social conflicts. These individual characteristics, single and unique identities, which we find everywhere, allow us to get to know others, share experiences, listen, and transform difference into a cultural dialogue. In spite of Beirut’s systematic urban transformation, those walls remain a fascinating site marked by traces of time and people!” Rima Saab


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Place: Espace Kettaneh Kunigh, Gefinor, Beirut

Date: February-March 2009

Solo Exhibition: “Landscapes as Collective Memory”

” In my paintings, I reflected upon landscapes; I compared Lebanon with other countries I have visited like India, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and European countries. I had one question at mind: How do we perceive in a visual language one country as our identity and sense of belonging? What defines home?

 Familiarities of geography, language, religion, and habits have created our shared collective memory. Arts, landscapes, typography, and color represent our visual mode of perceiving.  Using these elements, I portrayed landscapes by reconstructing an inwardly perception of them. It is somehow viewing a landscape from inside and not from outside.

 In Lebanon, I am connected to the smell of earth, pine trees, mountains, and to Beirut walls! In the quest of defining what we really call home, I collected natural earth pigment from Mount Lebanon and used it from time to time as a part of my
material. Growing up in a city like Beirut, and watching its quarters changing
everyday with the turbulent changes of social and political ideologies, is what
made me identify myself to those city walls! These walls show how much the
Lebanese have a tremendous perseverance for life, for freedom of thought and
self expression. In my paintings, adding signs and graffiti, collage from
street posters, digital media sometimes, I try to reveal a forgotten beauty:
the beauty of dust and time, the beauty of being imperfect, and the beauty of
accepting aggression! Just like the wall has been subject to transformation and
changes, my paintings follow the same procedure seeking a more subtle wall
inside and trying to go through it!

 Among all other countries, India, in particular, has welcomed me home in a very special way. India to me was a Loving Mother; there, my definition of identity has been completely transformed: True Home is inside! Paintings related to India
included visual elements, Sanskrit language, and landscapes which were a way to
introspect on our True Home.

 What we really perceive by physical seeing is the impression of our habit and collective memory analyzed by our analytical mind. Imagination takes part of it anyway. Therefore, seeing is not a mere function of the eye, but a complete process of
memory, mind, and emotions. ‘Collective Memory’ reveals the intricate
relationship of man to his land, language, and culture. Consequently, art
permits, through relevant images, an understanding of human destiny, its
anxiety, and its inquiring conflicts.”

Rima Saab

“Rue Monot, the street that once was a
landmark separating East from West, “Christians” from “Muslims”, remains till
today a center for higher  religious and academic education. In
spite of its systematic urban transformation, its restaurants and nightlife
venues, the area has not lost its memory, and it remains a fascinating site
marked by traces of time along its walls!

In my paintings I try to show my own view of this street as a visual
poetry narrating past and present. In this sense, I reflect upon
Monot Street as a traditional street in its old Lebanese
architecture; typical ‘Lebanese’ old houses which are being demolished one by
one, and replaced by commercial towers, which render it as a public place for
food and party void of any identity!

At Monot, I had the opportunity to observe this dynamic street and its
dynamic transformations during a period of 10 years. I used to draw and paint
these old houses; but today, I only find the remaining street walls standing
alone as the silent evidence of this unforgotten
identity.” Rima