About his work
In an artistic practice shaped by the ultimate event horizon of the Lebanese Civil War, Alfred Tarazi deploys his visual strategies in order to dig out fields of memory, emplaced haphazardly in a vast expanse of the present tense, often without direction or destination. A narrative emphasis occurs, at the root of which, the artist is unearthing critical and historical tools to read past events, provided by the past itself in the manner of a reluctant heritage. Tackling the Lebanese obsession with history, prevalent in artistic interventions in Lebanon,Tarazi playfully interrogates its questionable sources and selective archival practices, highlighting the role of the past as both origin and destination. , With merciless realism intersecting both fiction and historiography, the artist articulates the spectacle of war as a syntax of the unimaginable, broken down piecemeal to a lived present. This archaeology of the now-time does not aim to restore, but rather, to represent a historical condition through fragments of anomaly and singularity. The field of representation, however, prevents distance and enclosure: It is a laboratory, a journal, a political inquiry, a memory site and a reality marker.
Alfred Tarazi was born in Beirut in 1980. In 2004, he graduated with a degree in graphic design from the American University of Beirut.His entire body of work, ranging across painting, photography, drawing, digital collage, sculpture and installation, revolves around complex historical investigations into the Lebanese Civil War. Tarazi is a member of Atelier Hapsitus, a multi-disciplinary working group founded by architect Nadim Karam and also a member of the cultural activism group The Feel Collective. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Tarazi has designed publications and is keenly interested in cinema. He has been exhibited in Lebanon since 2000 and his international exposure includes Kuwait, Brussels, London, Vienna, Dubai and Lisbon. In 2011 the artist was selected for an artistic residency and exhibition at Krinzinger Projekte and his work has been previously showcased in Art Dubai, and will be presented in 2014 at Abu Dhabi Art and Singapore Art Fair by Galerie Janine Rubeiz. His first solo exhibition at the gallery has been scheduled for 2015. His work has been acquired by prestigious private collections in Lebanon and elsewhere. His work is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.