A pioneering conceptual and performance artist, Suha Traboulsi draws from diverse encounters with language and philosophy, often surveying the boundaries of disciplines as much as the limits of her own body. In the early 1940s, Traboulsi studied art at the Beirut College for Women, but upon finishing her degree, her interests turned from painting toward performance- and language-based conceptual inquiries.
The works exhibited in “Here and Elsewhere” are from the 1940s, marking Traboulsi’s first departure from conventional methods of painting to more conceptual portraits illustrated using ink or even ballpoint pen on paper. In these works, brightly colored and oddly offset, fragmented shapes appear as if stenciled and digitally manipulated—in line with the minimalist aesthetic soon to prevail internationally, yet uncannily ahead of their time.
Photo: Benoit Pailley