Marwan Rechmaoui, <em>Monument for the Living</em>, 2002, From <em>Slanted Squares</em>, Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019, Cast non-shrinking grout, 60 x 235 x 40 cm | Courtesy of Collection Sharjah Art Foundation | Photo: Sharjah Art Foundation
Location: Gallery 1 & 2 - Sharjah Art Foundation c/o Sharjah Art Museum
Address: Al Shuwaiheen - Arts Area, Sharjah
Always interested in cartography, demography, the architectural and socio-political structures of the city, in particularly, that of the Middle East, Lebanese artist Marwan Rechmaoui, uses industrial materials for his work, such as cement, rubber, tar, metal, textiles and glass. The exhibition Slanted Squares presents two series of works and a group of drawings. The series Buildings is composed of six sculptures, Monument for the Living (2002), Spectre (2006-2008), If I Only Had a Chance: Experimental Theater (2018), If I Only Had a Chance: Helipad (2019), If I Only Had a Chance: Pyramid (2019) e The Coop (2019), which all refer to existing buildings in Lebanon, all in states of decay because they are either incomplete, abandoned or used in such a way that is divergent from their original purpose. The second series on display is Pillars, which the artist started working on in 2014 at the onset of the war in Syria, an event that profoundly touched the artist. In this work, Rechmaoui takes on the theme of the fall of social, economic and cultural pillars and transmits to concrete structures the surprisingly matched themes of uncertainty, those moments of transition, sometimes traumatic and tragic, in which many of the things we have taken for granted, begin to vacillate.