Chaouki Choukini: Beyond Common Places

Chaouki Choukini: Beyond Common Places
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Chaouki Choukini claimed more than once that his sculptures are born from the landscape, from people, places and childhood memories from Southern Lebanon, where he was born in 1946. Today, the landscape that surrounds him is that of the countryside of Normandy, where he lives and works. His art is a daily practice, bringing him, every morning, into his atelier to sculpt, but, as the artist himself says, when he feels that he is no longer inspired, it doesn’t matter how much time he has already laboured, he must stop and do something else, because, otherwise, his boredom will be transmitted to the work itself. And that is because Choukini endows his work with his emotions. Angles and curves, cubist and biomorphic elements, architectural foundations and stratifications. The sculptures of Chaouki Choukini have a powerful apparent solidity but their balance is not destined to last forever, it is precarious like human life. The archetypal forms he has created also contain his sentiments, carrying signs of his growth as a man and an artist. At the Green Art Gallery, numerous works are on display from throughout his career. For the occasion, Kaph Books has created a special monographic work dedicated to Choukini which includes an essay by Kevin Jones, along with poetry by the Lebanese poet Salah Stétié.
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