Whether or not folded right into a field, certain by cords, or fragmented and stacked, the nondescript figures that Paris-based artist Khaled DAWWA sculpts expertise some type of confinement. Their our bodies are contorted into cages or squeezed into one another’s arms, and every appears down or away, a place that makes them seem to lack the facility and company to be free. Solid in dense blocks, the introspective sculptures mirror the artist’s desire for terracotta and bronze. “All that we obtained from the previous historical past is by these two supplies,” he says.
A lot of the items proven listed below are a part of the Compressed collection, which have been born out of the artist’s personal experiences. He tells Colossal:
This undertaking was impressed by my having lived elsewhere throughout a brief interval: detention and obligatory army service in Damascus for 4 months, then Lebanon for one 12 months and eventually arriving to France. Upon arrival in France, at first, I felt liberated from all of it. Then I spotted that the French reside their lives in a posh system that turns them into “compressed folks” and that we had this in frequent. That is the primary collection during which I have a look at folks past Syria.
If you happen to’re in Paris, you possibly can see Khaled DAWWA’s art work at quite a few spots across the metropolis: his piece titled “Les Passants” will likely be put in in a public spot in Clamart in Could 2021, and he’s additionally taking part in Beautify Paris in June of this 12 months. At the moment, he’s a part of Répare, Reprise on the International City of Arts, a bunch present that’s up by July 10, and is within the course of of constructing a movie in regards to the artworks on show. Discover extra of the artist’s compacted sculptures on Instagram.
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