Beirut.Love.Hate Explores Dynamic Identity of Country With Rich Cultural History

VC Art founder Vanessa Clark is bringing Beirut to London through a unique show that is an exploration of the work of up-and coming Lebanese artist Nayla Kai Saroufim. “Beirut. Love. Hate.” will take place at London GraFFik Gallery from December 2nd-7th.

With the rise of Middle Eastern art and recent exciting events in Lebanon, this show will not only attract Lebanese ex-pats but many eager to discover this unique world. It embodies feelings about Beirut and yet it’s a journey of experimentation with different materials, an expression of cultural identity and a tribute to a dynamic city.

This show is a snapshot of present day Beirut through Nayla Kai Saroufim’s eyes. Many diverse elements come together to create a vision of a city loved and hated at the same time. In fact each piece reflects the intricate love/hate relationship the Lebanese have with Beirut.  This manifests itself in many ways such as the use of hard nails to create beautiful calligraphy and other striking contradictions that co-exist.

Typographical statements about the changing identity of Beirut. The juxtaposition of old buildings and new high rises and their combined impact on the skyline. Depictions of instability are contrasted with positive images of joyous life and hope. Colourful chaos. Cityscapes real and imagined. The result is that each piece is a statement coloured by opposition and seemingly conflicting emotions…very much like contemporary Beirut.

The exhibition will showcase approximately 20 pieces with affordable prices ranging from £400 –  £4000 including paintings on canvas, wood, plexi portraying the artists’ individual experiences.

Exhibition Dates: December 2nd – 7th, 2015 | 11AM-6PM

Preview Opening: December 2nd, 2015 | 6PM – 9PM

Gallery Location: GraFFik Gallery | 284 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TE