Mazen Kerbaj 

About his work
Working independently of a canon, in the manner of Arte Povera, can prove a risky operation: Achieving the transition from text to place, in a context where narrative is constantly interrupted by conflict and war is where Mazen Kerbaj deploys strategies, sometimes lyrical, sometimes literary, sometimes comic, and even performances, placing himself and his world as a laboratory survey. There is no reproduction but production of realities that have been broken, disappeared or discarded. In this process of recollection, the artist is locating referents that have gone missing while pointing at them simultaneously. His celebrated notebooks are travelogues of an immense personal quest to map a concrete territory of history and memory in the moment of its ruthless disappearance. Volatiles memories and images make up the repository of reality under a condition always fragmented and temporary. As histories traditionally weave the tissue of the past, it is Kerbaj's mission in his work to develop and fine-tune basic units - of thought, time, speech - to encircle the political borders of the present before its implosion into an infinite expanse of confusion and obsessive repetition.      

Mazen Kerbaj was born in 1975 in Lebanon, and he lives and works at present in Beirut. His work is divided between comics, paintings and music.He has published 12 books and many short stories and drawings in anthologies, newspapers and magazines in Lebanon, Europe, and the USA.In 2009, he won an award from the Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon, for a work in which he collaborated with Laure Ghorayeb. Most recently he participated with an installation in the large exhibition “Rebirth” at the Beirut Exhibition Center (2011).He has held solo exhibitions and collective exhibitions in Lebanon, France, England, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and the USA. In Beirut, he has shown his work at Galerie Janine Rubeiz with his mother Laure Ghorayeb, where his work is permanently exhibited