The Contemporary Frescoes of Chafa Ghaddar

The Contemporary Frescoes of Chafa Ghaddar
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The seductive and ancient technique of the fresco made the Lebanese artist Chafa Ghaddar fall in love. She studied the form in Florence in 2012 and, since then, it has been at the centre of her work. She doesn’t merely adhere passively to the models of the past but, rather, engaging other techniques and expressive means, such as murals, painting, photography, texts and video, the artist has created stimulating interconnections, bringing the fresco into a dialogue with contemporaneity. "I contest its immaculate historicity to suggest new boundaries and territories. I see it like a new material, constantly subject to growth" - this is the thinking behind the new body of works on display at the Tashkeel Studio and Gallery in Dubai in the exhibition Recesses, her first personal exhibition in the United Arab Emirates. Pieces of cloth covered with plaster and pigment, paper covered in pigment, frescos on wood, works that combine materials and techniques, some placed on the pavement, others on the wall, others suspended from up high. The way in which the works are presented is an important aspect of this intense work through which Chafa Ghaddar has challenged and placed the technique of frescos into crisis, exploring paradoxes, contaminating the form and making it her own.
Alessandra Migliorini - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Resort Dubai