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  • Thursday Feb 07 2013 from 06:00 pm until 09:00 pm
  • Friday Feb 08 2013 until Saturday Feb 09 2013 from 10:00 am until 08:00 pm
  • Monday Feb 11 2013 until Saturday Feb 16 2013 from 10:00 am until 08:00 pm
  • Monday Feb 18 2013 until Saturday Feb 23 2013 from 10:00 am until 08:00 pm
  • Mark Hachem Gallery, Capital Garden, Salloum Street, Mina El Hosn, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

KARAKOUZ - Art Exhibition by RAOUF RIFAI

Mark Hachem Gallery- Beirut Is proud to present 'Karakouz' the contemporary artworks of Lebanese artist Raouf Rifai. Karakouz 'a character similar to Western Punch' is an exhibition portraying Middle eastern society and it's colorful characters. 'The Middle east in its reality resembles a circus, or a theatrical play, where you have your heroes and villains monsters and angels, as well as the brave and the cowardly" says Rifai. The exhibition plays heavily on double meaning's, the pun, humor, irony, exaggeration and ridicule to expose and criticize peoples vises particularly in the arena of politics.

Karakouz is a theatrical genre satire of shadows, directly inspired by today's political currents and events. Rifai's keen diligence has created an ambience of camaraderie, where in reality the crux of the matter is a prodding commentary of the Middle easts social and political conundrum. Rifai has the ability to give the subjects he paints the power of transience and metamorphosis.

'My art's main subject is Humanity; It is nourished by the history of our civilization and our heritage. My art is about my own perception of what is occurring around me and my Middle Eastern Community'

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in Lebanon, 1954. Raouf Rifai lives and works in Beirut. He holds a Ph.D, in Urban Planning from the Sorbonne- Paris I , and teaches art at the Lebanese University.
Rifai has taken part in numerous Collective shows through-out Europe; the United States the Middle East and Japan. He has also had more than fifteen solo exhibitions since 1984. In 2010, he was awarded the first prize of the Sursock Museum?s Salon d?automne in Beirut. Raouf Rifai has been successfully auctioned at Christies Dubai in 2011


The exhibition "Karakouz' will be on view until February 23rd, 2013.


For more information contact Mark Hachem Gallery- Beirut
+ 961 999 313 or +961 70 94 90 29


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