ANAS ALBRAEHE, Bâb Alhawa - Gate of the Wind - Gate of Exile.
Solo exhibition dedicated to eight large paintings by the young Syrian Artist (born in 1991), who lives in Beirut and Paris.
Date : from November 21, 2022 to January 11, 2023.
Address : Galerie Claude Lemand , 70 avenue Jean Moulin , 75014 Paris.
Visits : everyday, only by appointment.
Tel. +336 7377 0589 . Email : email@example.com
By Thierry Savatier.
His most recent paintings, from the “Bab Alhawa - Gate of the Wind ” series - name of the border post that separates Syria from Turkey -, are also devoted to refugees, but this time captured on their journey to exile. The artist is interested here in women, adolescents and children seated or, most often, asleep in the dumpsters of trucks that transport them randomly from conflicts to quieter areas. He chooses to paint them in this delimited space, lying in the middle of voluminous bundles cut in fabrics of bright colors, formerly quite frequent in the Levantine countryside. The spectator understands that these packets not only constitute their viaticum but that they ultimately contain the only personal property that they have been able to save. A whole life reduced to a bag...
Of course, we can rightly establish a link between their sleep and fatigue, or even the fulfillment of a natural biological rhythm. However, Anas Albraehe maintains an interesting aesthetic paradox between the dark personal situation of these refugees and the shimmering chromatic environment that surrounds them, where the most ardent reds and yellows dominate. The maintained contrast suggests to the viewer an interpretation that takes him beyond appearances. Because sleep is not limited to its restorative function; it is also the privileged medium of dreams. What are these tossed characters thinking about? Perhaps they are responding to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous invitation: "Make your life a dream, and a dream a reality"? Oneirism within oneirism… Perhaps they could say, like Léon-Paul Fargue: “I dreamed so much that I am no longer from here”? Perhaps they are simply thinking of the happiness of returning home and resuming their lives, prior to the chaos that threw them on the roads. No one can tell. However, one certainty is essential, which spares a part of hope: as one can guess, fate deprived them of their possessions, took them away from their land of origin, separated them from their families; however, he will remain powerless to cut them off from their dreams.