You may have heard about the launch of the first ever Singapore Art Fair near the end of this year, which will bring together a range of exciting contemporary artworks from the ME.NA.SA regions (Middle East, North Africa , South & Southeast Asia). Well, we’ve got more news about what to expect from the upcoming event, including artists who will be debuting their works here.

In addition to the 60 or so galleries, thematic pavilions are another feature of the exhibition.  One of them will be the Lebanon Pavilion, highlighting the works of both emerging and established Lebanese artists. These artists have had their collections showcased in several well-known galleries such as the Barjeel Art Foundation in the UAE and the Beirut Exhibition Centre.

Inspired by the historical background and the current volatility of the Middle Eastern region, the pavilion is organized around the theme ‘Contemporary Lebanon: Art Beyond Violence’.  The artworks reflect artists’ sensitivities and personal attachment to their cultural roots, as well as an acknowledgement of the challenges faced by their country.

Curated by art collector and president of Liban Art Janine Maamari, the Lebanon Pavilion seeks to give these artists a platform to engage audiences even in faraway places such as Singapore, encouraging inter-cultural communication and exchange on an intimate level. Artists having their works displayed include Laudi Abilama, Mohamad-Said Baalbaki, Tagreed Darghout, Najla El Zein, Omar Fakhoury, Bassam Geitani, Dima Hajjar, Marwan Sahmarani, Nadia Safieddine, Hiba Kalache and Alfred Tarazi.

Works will also be exhibited in a diverse array of artistic mediums, ranging from paintings and sculptures to installations and photography.  As an example, here are some of the original works created by several artists.

Alfred Tarazi, A Nation's Inflation, 2010, Mixed media2

Alfred Tarazi, A Nation’s Inflation, 2010, Mixed Media

Marwan Sahmarani, Crime and Punishment, 2014, Oil on canvas

Marwan Sahmarani, Crime and Punishment, 2014, Oil on canvas

Tagreed Darghout, Nuclear Craters, 2013, Acrylic on paper

Tagreed Darghout, Nuclear Craters, 2013, Acrylic on paper

Judging from the pieces seen so far, it looks like the pavilion is set to provoke some interesting responses from audiences, as well as inform them of the concerns and experiences of artists in the Middle East. Do look out for it when the Singapore Art Fair makes its long-awaited debut this December. Meanwhile, we’ll keep you updated regarding other galleries and works you can look forward to. Stay tuned.

Event Details

Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Date: 27 – 30 November 2014
More Info: Here

Photo credit: Singapore Art Fair and respective artists