Rim El Jundi
About her work
It would be impossible to paint the physical and emotional shadows of Beirut in genre; the collapsing structures and historical irony prevent the colors from being applied, always giving a strong preference to dust and ruin. For Rim El Jundi, on the other hand, the vivacity with which Beirut is experienced during daytime is a natural colorful expression in pastel colors with natural movement; tension with multicolor. From a pop art perspective, it could be said that the work is a banal repetition or a humorous reproduction, but the artist's strategy lies far beyond: Trained in religious art, El Jundi has conceived of her colorful paintings in the same way that one would observe the classical icons in terms of light, volume and experience. Depicting the nervous but cheerful daily life of the city, she has achieved allegory and legend. The artist restores narration not as a part of a scientificreconstruction of history but simply as the possibility to embed political reality in a thinly veiled layer of fantasy, in order to disclose all its impurities. The paintings are meditative and static, from a distant world, but yet articulating what lies far beyond the present: The immediacy of the instant.
Rim el Jundi was born in 1965 in Beirut and she holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Lebanese American University, and a DEA in religious art from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.Since 1992, she has held solo and group exhibitions, in Alexandria, New York, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai Kuwait and Beirut. In April 2010, she participated in the exhibition “Convergence - New Art from Lebanon”, at the Katzen Art Center at the American University in Washington DC and with Galerie Janine Rubeiz with the exhibitions« La route de l’aéroport » (2008) and « Hommes » (2010). Her work has been showcased in different art fairs and other venues such as Abu Dhabi Art (2009), “Femmes par Femmes" (2003), “The Artist's View II” Galerie Cork street – London 2004, “The 8-Triangle Art Studio” (2005), and Biennale d’Alexandrie (1997).Rim’s work has earned her The Sheikh Zayed Graduation Award from the Lebanese American University in 1991, the acknowledgment of the jury at the Alexandria Biennale in 1997 and “Prix de Triangle Art pour une residence d’artiste” at Vermont Studio Center 2005, sponsored by Ford Foundation – USA. Her work is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.