Tear Down the Walls by Charbel Samuel Aoun and Hani Zurob

Dubai’s Renowned Artspace Gallery Proudly Presents “Tear Down the Walls”
A diverse and moving exhibition of contemporary paintings by Hani Zurob and Charbel Samuel Aoun.

Dubai October 2010 – Artspace Gallery is pleased to be showcasing an innovative selection of works by the Palestinian Hani Zurob and Lebanese Artist Charbel Samuel Aoun at an exhibition that is taking place from the 4thth   of October to 24thth of October 2010.

Hani Zurob was born in 1976, in Rafah (Gaza). In 1994 he left to Nablus where he achieved his studies in Fine Arts (1999). He then settled in Ramallah until 2006.
In 2006 Zurob got a grant that allowed him to reside at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris.
Since then, he held different solo shows in Atlanta, Marrakech and Paris. He has also participated in several group exhibitions and artistic events such as: Palestine: La création dans tous ses états held at the Arab World Institute in Paris (2009) and then at the National Museum of Bahrain (2009), Gaza 61 + Seoul 59 at the Young Gallery in Seoul (2009), Paris, Damas: regards croisés which was organized by Europia Productions, held at the Arab World Institute in Paris (2008) and then at the National Museum of Damascus (2009), Made in Palestine at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Huston, Texas (2003), the 11th Cairo Biennale (2008), and The Still Life Symposium at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, UK (2008).

In Palestine, Zurob had staged many solo exhibitions and was awarded the Al-Qattan Foundation Young Artist Prize (Ramallah) in 2002.

In 2009 Zurob was granted the Bourse et Prix Renoir, currently, he is living & working in Paris.
Hani Zurob’s works deals with situations and events that the artists has experienced, expressing no boundaries between political and private matter, eventually leading towards displacement.
 “What I try to do when I paint is to rewrite my life; I try to place myself as a witness of the situations and the events I experience. That’s why there are no boundaries between political matters and private stories in my work. My life has been up till now a series of displacements. Of course this has so much to do with certain historical and social facts. But when painting displacement becomes a matter of exploring the state of Wait, Absence, Halt and Deferral, I wonder if I can still talk about the particularity of the bodies I paint by relating them to some local conditions or to any specific dates.”

Charbel Samuel Aoun is an architect, sculptor and painter from Fanar, Lebanon. He considers himself a realist expressing the state of humanity as he sees it through his art; evoking reactions from his audience as a truth seeker as opposed to creating merely to please/amuse the viewer. His art is dark, thick with emotion and awe-inspiring. Charbel doesn’t consider “artist” a career choice but rather a calling that cannot be ignored.  
In 2007 he exhibited at CCF Beirut “out of space”, a sculpture exhibition where forms extended out of their physical space…
In 2009 he had 2 painting exhibitions “mourasshah intikhabi” and “fattoush Beirut” in which he reflected deep feelings of his society.
In 2010 he exhibited at the Artlounge Beirut “Flows”, a trip through light and energy…

Exhibition opening

A cocktail reception will be held at Artspace, located in The Gate Village, DIFC, from  8:00 pm on the 5th of October 2010  The e-invitation is attached.