Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

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Mount Lebanon, 1981 
Lives and works between Beirut and Paris

In his work invisibility is charged with intimate, geographical and historical layers, finding poetic lines that extend beyond the realm of existing speculations and realities. Being born in the middle of the Lebanese war, his art is not engaged in an explicit political and historical reflection, but is more accurately haunted by the said political and historical reflection.


H. Boutros was a resident at The Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France and was a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.


His first extensive institutional exhibition in Europe, The Sun Is My Only Ally was on view at SMAK Museum (Ghent, Belgium) during the first semester of 2020.


His work has been shown internationally: The 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey / Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France / Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy / Centre Pompidou - Metz, France / S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent, Belgium / Home Works 8, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut / CCS Bard College, New York, USA / 3rd Bahia Biennial, Salvador, Brazil / 1st Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan, China / MAM-BA Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Brazil / CCA, Warsaw, Poland / More Konzeption Conception Now, Morsbroich Museum, Leverkusen, Germany / La ou Commence le jour, LAM - Lilles, France / Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE / Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands / Frieze, London, UK / FIAC, Paris, France / LISTE 19, Basel, Switzerland / Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE / Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon /  Musée d’Art de Nantes, France /  La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art, France.


His permanent installation ‘Sueur d’etoile’, that he realised with the French etoile dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot, inaugurated in June 2016 and remains on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. Boutros’ works are in the collections of S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent / CNAP, Paris, France / Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.

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