Ramzi Mallat: Fault Lines
Exhibition Dates: 9th November - 2nd December 2023
Exhibition Opening Night: Thursday 9th November 2023, 18:00 - 21:00
Fault Lines is a solo presentation of recent works by Lebanese artist Ramzi Mallat, curated by Kirsty Flockhart.
The exhibition title makes reference to the geological and cultural divisions that inform the artist’s practice. Living and working between London and Beirut, Mallat explores the socio-political impact of globalisation on notions of identity and self. He hopes to broaden cross-cultural awareness with works that blend familiar and unfamiliar aspects of culture and question the idea of the respective Other.
The artist taps into personal and collective memories through objects and symbols, which range from alluring references to Levantine pastries and coffee culture to stark depictions of political monuments and ambiguous Arabic calligraphy. Titles like Shock & Awe or Not Your Martyr add a layer of provocation to encourage a multifaceted discourse on the wider concept of fault lines.
Recent developments in the region further heighten the poignancy of his 2022 video documentary Sobhiye, which highlights the impact of historical and political events on the lives of ordinary citizens.
Ramzi Mallat will be in conversation with P21 Gallery Artistic Director Yahya Zaloom on Saturday 2nd December 2023.
Ramzi Mallat (b. 1996, Lebanon) is a multidisciplinary artist based between London and Beirut. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Lancaster University and a MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London.
Mallat has been appointed a Trustee for the IMOS Foundation in the United Kingdom and was selected as one of Forbes Middle East’s 30 Under 30 Honorees in 2022. Mallat has also had solo exhibitions at the UNESCO Palace and the Cervantes Institute in Beirut, Lebanon. His short film has been officially selected by the Scarab Film Festival in Dubai, UAE; the Story International Student Film Festival in Cork, Ireland; and the Lebanese Independent Film Festival in Beirut, Lebanon.
Kirsty Flockhart is an artist, curator and researcher based in London. She holds a BA in Visual Arts at the University of Sydney, an MA in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths College and recently graduated from Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in 2022.
Her previous work includes directing live arts events in Mexico City titled ‘Eros Noches’ 2018-2019, Co-curating the exhibition and programme ‘Grace Ndiritu: An Absolute River’ at LUX Moving Image in London 2022. She also featured in Iniva’s ‘Drift - A Post-National Digital Pavilion’ for the 2022 Venice Biennial. Currently, Kirsty is managing the arts programme ‘Polar Portals’ 2023 with Polar Impact at the Royal Museums Greenwich and The Alan Turing Institute.
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Generously supported by: HUB Collective (https://hubcollective.net)
Hub Collective is an interdisciplinary platform started by a group of cultural activists interested in art and culture related to Palestine and the Arab world, who were inspired whilst living in the diaspora to form a collective that would encourage new ways of representing and thinking about Palestine and the broader Arab world. Our aim is to work alongside artists and creative thinkers throughout the world to showcase the range and diversity of innovative projects taking place in the region.