Artist Pamela Chrabieh’s “Peace Collection” (INDELIBLE.COM – Dubai, UAE)
I was born and raised in the 1970s-1980s war in Lebanon. My experience as a war survivor has marked my writing and art, as has fueld my quest for peace.
As I see it, peace is not only about ceasefires, the end of bloodshed, the absence of hostilities, and a state of mutual concord between governments, as war is both “physical” and “psychological”.
Peace is about accountability for violence, openness, generosity, clemency, and catharsis.
Peace is and should be a transformation process within mindsets, a celebration of interconnected life and unity in the diversity of complex identities.
As long as the legacy of violence is not addressed within ourselves and our societies, we will remain lost, cut off from connection, living in a never-ending apocalypse of carnages and tortured souls and bodies.
Dr. Pamela Chrabieh is a scholar, writer, visual artist, and activist. Author of several books and papers with a 20+ year experience in higher education, communication, content creation, and the arts, she has exhibited her artworks in Canada, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. Previously Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Dubai, she currently owns and manages a Beirut-based company offering expertise in Learning and Communication.
http://pamelachrabiehblog.com and http://spnc.co
ENGAGING GAZES GENERATING POETRY EXHIBITION – DUBAI, 2017
Duwama collection @ ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS, VENICE – ITALY
ITSLIQUID International Art Festival
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice – Italy | October 04 – November 24, 2019
OPENING October 4, 2019 @ 6 p.m.
About the Duwama Collection:
I was born and raised in the 1970s-1980s war in Lebanon.
War disconnects lives, memories, and experiences by creating endless cycles of violence, murderous identities, and wounded memories.
I have come to believe that these memories are inevitably transmitted from generation to generation in private and public spaces, and that socio-political conviviality and peace need both individual and national healing processes. Or else, the load of traumas that we carry will prevail, fueled by the continuous local and regional crises and State-sponsored amnesia.
Growing up in war left me with a thirst to discover the truth behind the endless years spent in shelters and displacement, the survival techniques I learned, such as how to avoid snipers and land mines, the suffering following the destruction of our houses and the horrific deaths of loved ones, the fascination with war games I used to play, and the hours spent with my parents trying to look for bread.
War has definitely marked my identity, world vision, and visual expression, and it has fueled my pursuit for connections between cultures and religions; the contemporary and the traditional; the physical and the mental; the visible and the invisible; the past, present, and future; the logos (word) and the eikon (image); humanity, the natural and the spiritual… My pursuit for peace…
Contrary to war, peace is the art of connecting. It is a continuous process encompassing historical subjectivities and energies in interpenetrative modes; a process of interacting dynamics, fragmented and common truths, voices, paths, and pathos.
A Duwama (spiral or vortex) is a visualization of this peacebuilding process. It symbolizes life versus death, positive movement towards the manifestation of connections, and therefore, towards forgiveness, healing, and conviviality.
Every Duwama is a story of transformation, from a shattered and disconnected situation, event, emotion or experience, to a connected realm.
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is proud to announce VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2019 – International Art Festival, curated by Arch. Luca Curci (founder and director of THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, ITSLIQUID Group and Luca Curci Architects) that will be held at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from October 03 to November 24, 2019 and at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi from October 04 to November 24, 2019 in Venice.
The Festival will run from May to November 2019, in the same period of the 58th Venice Art Biennale, “May you live in interesting times”, curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, hosted at the Giardini and at the Arsenale venues.
The festival focuses on the concept of ANIMA MUNDI, that according to several historical cultures, religions and philosophical systems, is an intrinsic connection between all living entities on the planet, which relates to the world in a similar way as the human soul is connected to the human body. Plato expressed his thought about the ANIMA MUNDI in the Timaeus, “this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence… a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related”.
ANIMA MUNDI is the invisible energy behind all the natural and the artificial elements that allows the planet to live. Thanks to the hidden connections of ANIMA MUNDI, all the ecosystems of the Earth, before and after the appearance of the mankind, found their equilibrium, their ways to live and to develop themselves, to transform and to evolve. All the beings of the planet, plants, minerals, animals are permeated by a secret force that has always stimulated the human thought and research.
ITSLIQUID Group is running a charity initiative aimed to support some of the most important no-profit organizations that are internationally involved in the environmental protection, such as United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, One Tree Planted, The Ocean Cleanup and Plastic Oceans. This choice comes from the essence of ANIMA MUNDI in which everything is related to the living entities of the planet. Click here for more information.
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
in collaboration with Venice Events, Ca’ Zanardi
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Virna Manattini, Gaia Persichetti, Viola Persico
collaborators Ottavia Marilungo, Irene Scilipoti, Martina Moratello
graphic designer Fabio Murgolo
supported by Rare Art Inc., Sixteen, Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, St1
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Calle Larga San Marco, 374 – 30124 Venice, Italy
October 03 – November 24, 2019
09:30 AM – 05:30 PM | Monday – Friday
OPENING October 03, 2019 | 06:00PM
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THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Hala Alhomoud . Kuwait | India Blake Johnson . USA | Alexandre Castagna . Mexico | Izabela Chamczyk . Poland | Maria Clauss . Sweden | Benjamin Elron . Israel | Mehrnoush Esmaeili . Iran | Gabriela Farnell . Argentina | Stephan Geert van Riezen . The Netherlands | Basim Ghomorlou . Germany | Corinne Holthuizen-Habermann . Germany | Suzy Hug Levy . Turkey | Ewa Jaworska . Poland | Alice Karveli . UK | Kimberlee Koym-Murteira . USA | Katarzyna Kroczek-Wasińska . Poland | Nina Kuo & Lorin Roser . USA | Hyobin Kwon . USA | Jeongsoo Lim . South of Korea | John Lundquist Coey & Fredrik Sundqvist . Sweden | Małgorzata Łuszczak . Poland | Adam Marelli . USA | Catherine Meehan . Mexico | Vanesa Moreno & Nasrine Kheltent . Belgium | Elio Parodi . Portugal | Mr. Praphan Rakarin . Thailand | Jelena Rakić . Bosnia and Herzegovina | Marcos Rivero Mentado . Spain | Jacek Ludwig Scarso . UK | Deborah Sfez . Israel | Alex R. Small . USA | Sebastian Theisen . Germany | Fu Wenjun . China | Cutelyn White . UK | Haejin Yoo . Germany | Hanife Neris Yuksel . Turkey
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Misa Aihara . Japan | Natalia Alf . Germany | Hala Alhomoud . Kuwait | Vito Ascencio . Mexico | Ali Asi . Palestine | Ena Ban . Slovakia | Francoise Berlanger, Caroline Daish, Daya Halle, Katia Lecomte Mirsky . Belgium |Oriane Biangonga . France | India Blake Johnson . USA | Darina Bout . USA | Michele Brega . Italy | Edelweiss Calcagno . USA | Michele Camusso . Italy | Taner Çamsari . Turkey | Tommy TC Carlsson . Sweden | Izabela Chamczyk . Poland | Magali Chesnel . France | Pamela Chrabieh . Lebanon | Cía. No bautizados . Spain | Maria Clauss . Sweden | Cristina Collao . Germany | Ali Osman Coşkun . Turkey | Tomas Danielis . Belgium | Clara de Bobes . Spain | Raymond de los Santos . USA | Annamarie Dzendrowskyj . UK | Amani El Bayoumi . UAE | Haddas Eshel . Israel | Filip Firlefijn . Switzerland | Livia Freschi . Italy | RRicardo Garcia . USA | Danisa Glusevic Ferreira . Germany | Angela Götz . Germany | Marja Hakala . Finland | Allison Harrell Mistier . USA | Helen Adove Hawk . UK | Lukas Horst . Germany | Paul Howard . Australia | Robin Howard . USA | Suzy Hug Levy . Turkey | Monica Ikegwu . USA | Shlomo Israeli . Israel | Ewa Jaworska . Poland | Nick Kacic-Miosic . USA | Athina Kanellopoulou . Greece | Alice Karveli . UK | Alina Kashitsyna . Greece | Joan Kaufman . Canada | Zsuzsa Klemm . Germany | Kimberlee Koym-Murteira . USA | Katarzyna Kroczek-Wasińska . Poland | Marija Krtolica, Florence Benichou, Despina Stamos . USA | Nina Kuo & Lorin Roser . USA | Monica Levy . Germany | Jeongsoo Lim . South of Korea | Cara Louwman . The Netherlands | John Lundquist Coey & Fredrik Sundqvist . Sweden | Małgorzata Łuszczak . Poland | Michael Dwayne Markham . USA | Tabea Mathern & Matthias Heumeier . Germany | Petra Mattes . Germany | Richard S. McWherter . USA | Neva Mikulicz . USA | Judith Minks . The Netherlands | Minou Modarressy . Austria | Karin Monschauer . Switzerland | Vanesa Moreno & Nasrine Kheltent . Belgium | Alice & Sofia Nappi . Italy | Merel Noorlander, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Artémise Ploegaerts . The Netherlands | Attila Olasz . Hungary | Setsuko Ono . USA | Elio Parodi . Portugal | Hannah Perry Saucier . Spain | Valérie Pitre & Roger Cournoyer . Canada | Jelena Rakić . Bosnia and Herzegovina | Magali Reales . Spain | Vincent Robbins . USA | Robert Romano . USA | Jordina Ros & Pere Estadella . Spain | Jacek Ludwig Scarso . UK | Madeleine Schachter . USA | Deborah Sfez . Israel | Einar Sira . Norway | Kerstin Sokoll . Germany | Nyk Sykes . Australia | Ayaka Tajiri . Czech Republic | Louis Thallon . Germany | Melek Toraman . Turkey | Estefania Valls Urquijo . Guatemala | Nancy Van Wichelen . Belgium | Anne-Kristin Vaudour . Hong Kong | Daria Vorobyeva . Russia | Cutelyn White . UK | Maciej Winek . Poland | Ai-Wen Wu Kratz . USA | Tina Zimmermann . Germany
MY ARTISTIC JOURNEY
- 1995-96: Religious Arts Program – Institut des Arts Sacrés, Holy Spirit University (USEK) – Lebanon.
- 1996-1999: Regional Fairs, Collective Exhibitions, Iconography Field Trips, Internships – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands.
- 1997-2001: Icons Painting and Restoration, Private Atelier & Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), University of Balamand – Lebanon.
- 1998: “Icônes restaurées”, Collective Exhibition of 16th-19th c. restored icons, ALBA – Lebanon.
- 1999: Higher Studies Diploma in Fine Arts and Restoration of Icons, ALBA – Lebanon.
- 2001: M.A. Theology, Cultures and Religions Thesis on 16-18th c. Icons of Aleppo (Syria), Université de Montréal – Québec, Canada.
- 2002: “Interculturality” (Collective Exhibition), Centre Religions et Spiritualités, Montreal – Canada, January.
- 2002: “Intercultural Week” (Collective Exhibition), Canada Heritage Stand, University of Montreal – Canada.
- 2003: “Icônes du Liban, au Carrefour du dialogue des cultures” book, Carte Blanche, Montreal – Québec, Canada.
- 2004: “Spiritual Love” (Solo Exhibition and Live Painting), The Hut, Montreal – Canada, February to April.
- 2005: “Create Justice, Recognize Differences” (Art workshop and joint exhibition with painter Annie Claudine Tremblay) at the ‘Women Doing Theology’ Feminist and Interspiritual Conference, College Jean-de-Brebeuf, Montreal – Canada, December 9.
- 2006: “Muslim Christian Dialogue” (Solo exhibition), Canada Research Chair, Islam, Pluralism and Globalization, University of Montreal – Canada.
- 2006: “A la rencontre de l’Islam” book, Médiaspaul, Montreal – Québec, Canada.
- 2009: “Hyphen Islam-Christianity” (joint exhibition with photographer Nada Raphael), Gesu Center, Festival of the Arab World, Montreal – Canada.
- 2009: “Hyphen Islam-Christianity” (joint exhibition with photographer Nada Raphael), Beit el Tabib, Beirut – Lebanon.
- 2009: “Hyphen Islam-Christianity” (joint exhibition with photographer Nada Raphael), Byblos, Arts and Crafts Center – Lebanon.
- 2010: “Muslim-Christian Dialogues” (Solo Exhibition), Notre-Dame de Jamhour College, Muslim-Christian National Day – Lebanon, March 25.
- 2011: “War Memory and Art Therapy” (Art Workshop) – ‘Healing the Wounds of History’ Conference, organized by the Center for Lebanese Studies and the Guerrand – Hermes Foundation for Peace in partnership with the Institute of Diplomacy and Transformation of the Lebanese American University, Byblos-Lebanon.
- 2015: MEST FORUM Al Adha Cultural Event Organization and Live Painting (Art workshop), Middle Eastern Studies Division, School of Arts and Sciences, American University in Dubai – United Arab Emirates, September 29.
- 2016: MEST FORUM – Peace Through Arts Organization (Visual art exhibition and video installations), Middle Eastern Studies Division, School of Arts and Sciences, American University in Dubai – United Arab Emirates, April 11.
- 2017: International Women’s Day: Women Who Inspire Us, Intercultural Buffet, Poetry Recitation, Live Artistic Production and Creative Writing Workshops, American University in Dubai, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), February 26.
- 2017: Engaging Gazes, Generating Poetry, Paintings Series (Solo Exhibition), and poetry by Drs. Omar Sabbagh and Nadia Wardeh, Visual Communication Forum, Rotunda Gallery, American University in Dubai – United Arab Emirates, April 5 to 29.
- 2004-2018: University teaching – undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in the Arts of the Middle East: Université de Montréal (Canada), Université Saint-Joseph (Lebanon), American University in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
- 2015-2018: Online Art Platform (“Peace Art in Dubai“), American University in Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
- 2004-present: Academic Papers, Art Workshops Organization, Invited Talks, Online Articles, Interviews and Documentaries in the Arts of the Middle East – Lebanon, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Italy, France, Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan …
- 2019: Duwama Collection (Collective Exhibition), Anima Mundi Festival – Visions, Itsliquid International Art Festival (Venice Biennale), Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice – Italy.