Deeply affected by the civil war in Lebanon and human frailty in the face of illness, Samir Khaddaje has produced a range of paintings, installations and artist’s books. He has painted both individual and collective works about the war in Lebanon, experimented with a variety of materials in site-specific installations, some in church crypts and gardens, and developed a series of artist’s books about a gravely ill patient in his studio at the Cognac-Jay Hospital in Paris.

Performances of Khaddaje’s work have been presented at the Sunflower Theater, Beirut (2015) and Al Madina Theatre, Beirut (2013). His solo exhibitions include Mondanites, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut (2012); Parcours, Beirut Exhibition Center (2010); Voyage, Crypt of St. Joseph’s Church, Beirut (2009); Satyricon, The Dome, Beirut (2002) and Eclats, Montreuil exhibition hall, Paris (1992), which was his first solo presentation about the Lebanese Civil War. His work has also been shown at Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj (2017); Agial Gallery, Beirut (2006); Zico House, Beirut (2004); Goethe Institute, Beirut (2004); UNESCO Palace, Beirut (1999); Saint-Leonard Chapel, Croissy-sur-Seine, France (1997); French Cultural Centre, Beirut (1993) and Carlton Hotel, Beirut (1989), among others.

Khaddaje was born in 1939 in Kfar Matta, Lebanon. In 1990, he moved to Paris, where he currently lives and works.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 13.

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