Art Basel 2018
June 14 - 17, 2018
The Third Line is pleased to present a solo presentation of Fouad Elkoury at Art Basel 2018. The selection of Fouad’s photographs taken between 1982 and 1995 looks at the recurring imagery of crumbling or abandoned domestic spaces as a testimony to the devastating realities in war-torn Beirut and Palestine.
The works on display at Art Basel look at Fouad’s multi-faceted photographic oeuvre and span over various series but are bound together by the artist’s preoccupation with place and presence. The photographs vary in sizes, are disposed on shelves and hung on the walls like memorabilia. Some are displayed in a linear, classical fashion, mirroring the work’s photojournalistic element, while others are shown in small sizes, forcing proximity and intimacy with the viewer. His works become a nomadic experience, retracing and retelling the steps of the artist with each photo taking us from place to place. The violence of the narrative slowly begins to fade into the background and gives way to the artist’s wistful longing for remembrance. Together, Fouad’s works propose a reconsideration on the notion of inhabitation, its disruption, and its transition from hospitable into hostile. They reveal the consequences of an assault on the domestic.