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Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Rayyane Tabet explores narratives that offer an alternative understanding of major sociopolitical events. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, his work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance.

Tabet’s solo exhibitions include Arabesque, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2020); Alien Property, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2019); Encounters, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2019); Forgotten Kingdoms, Louvre Museum, Paris (2019); FRAGMENTS, Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, France (2019); FAULT LINE, Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, Italy (2018); BRUCHSTŰCKE/FRAGMENTS, Kunstverein Hamburg (2017); KOPF HOCH! MUT HOCH! UND HUMOR HOCH! , daadgalerie, Berlin (2017); Ah, my beautiful Venus!, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2017); and La Mano De Dios, Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2016). Among his group exhibitions are the 6th Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2020); Lahore Biennale 02 (2020); Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2019); When the Present is History, Depo, Istanbul (2019); Living in the Mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain (2018); Crude, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2018); 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); Manifesta 12, Palermo, Italy (2018); 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017); 4.543 billion: The matter of matter, CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France (2017); 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016); 2nd New Museum Triennial (2012); and Sharjah Biennials 10, 12 and 13 (2011, 2015, 2017).

Tabet has been awarded the Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai (2013); Future Generation Art Prize Jury Award, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2012); and Sharjah Biennial 10 Artist Prize (2011). He participated in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (2016), which was the editor of his book FRAGMENTS/BRUCHSTÜCKE (KAPH Books, 2018). He is the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in 2021.

He holds a BArch from Cooper Union, New York (2008), and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego (2012).

Born in 1983 in Achkout, Lebanon, Tabet currently lives and works between Beirut and San Francisco.

SAF participation:
Rayyane Tabet: Exquisite Corpse (2021)
Sharjah Biennials 10, 12 and 13
March Meeting 2014

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