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Galerie Janine Rubeiz is pleased to invite you to experience Christine Kettaneh's solo exhibition, "Smell me, Touch me, Kiss me" opening on the 11th of January and running through the 7th of February.


About the event:

Despite our advanced forebrains, we remain ignorant at a macro scale. We are, like ants, only conscio¬us of our micro decisions - to build this or that, to move here or there-¬ and their very immediate effects on our lives. Yet those same conscious decisions contribute to a longer term global behavior like that of an ant colony, an ‘emergent’ intelligence, that we have no way of immediately perceiving.

Our reality at any point resides in our cultural artifacts and in the debris of history, the products of a complex macro course; but we can only experience reality and interact with it at a local, micro level. That is why, when we observe more closely life at home and on the street, we feel a sense of alienation - because of that mismatch in scale between what we encounter and how we interact with it. We also feel alienated because there is no clear correspondence between what we know and what we perceive. Our reality is a product of more than the known history, so our knowledge always falls short. To define an object, a person, or a system by its history would only limit it. We might need to trust our immediate experience of it, our very gnawing sense of alienation, to attempt a more complete understanding.

In my work, there is always an intrigue in the everyday matter. In this exhibition, I explore the bar of soap on my wash basin, the ants in my garden, and the sugar on my kitchen table. My search, as always, involves an enquiry into language. There is a temporary forgetting of meaning as I feed the alphabet to the ants and as I suspend my search for the origin of Hayat, the soap. Only to pick up the words again and use them as triggers for rituals in the hopes of smelling, touching and kissing matter’s more metaphorical possibilities.

Christine Kettaneh


About the artist:

Christine Kettaneh is a Lebanese artist. She holds a MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (‘13) and a MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics (‘05). In her practice, Kettaneh investigates the boundaries of language and systems in research-based works that are simultaneously sculptural and performative. She articulates language as both excavated material and excavation technique; her conceptual world being both source and subject.