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  • Ayyam Gallery, Beirut Tower, Downtown, Beirut, Lebanon
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'The Unseen' by Lara Zankoul at Ayyam Gallery

Ayyam Gallery Beirut is pleased to invite you to the preview reception of 'The Unseen', the second solo exhibition by conceptual photographer Lara Zankoul, on Monday, 10 February at 7pm.

With elaborately composed photographs, 'The Unseen' presents two visions within one viewing experience; commenting not only on the surface of things, but also on what may lie hidden beneath.

The twelve photographs in the exhibition each display that which is known, and hint at that which is slowly revealed to be the truth. As in her previous series, through distorted perspective on the natural order, space and time, Zankoul challenges the role of photography as a means of capturing truth in the world. She is able to further challenge the parameters of photography in 'The Unseen' with a clever device: a water tank around which the various tableaux of life are centered. Each photograph is thus divided into the surface above water and the space below the water level. The state of truth is to be found just under the water’s surface.

The dreamlike compositions of Lebanese photographer Lara Zankoul are contemporary fairy tales that explore the charm and mystery of the human psyche. Whimsical and playful, they represent an attempt to invent new worlds, to push against the boundaries of our reality and escape the monotony of everyday life. The characters inhabiting Zankoul’s work are anonymous and timeless, universal symbols existing within a fantastical and surreal landscape.

Born in Lebanon in 1987, Lara Zankoul lives and works in Beirut. She has participated in group exhibitions within the Middle East and France. Part of the Shabab Ayyam incubator programme, she was an award recipient at the 2011 Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition and in 2013, she held her first solo exhibition at Ayyam Gallery Beirut.

Exhibition Facts

Exhibition Dates: 10 February – 30 March, 2014
Location: Beirut Tower, Ground Floor, Zeitoune Street, Across from Beirut Marina, Solidere
Tel: +961.1.374450/51

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