Fault Lines is a solo presentation of recent works by Lebanese artist Ramzi Mallat, curated by Kirsty Flockhart, which will run from November 9 to November 25.
The exhibition title makes reference to the geological and cultural divisions that inform the artist’s practice. Living and working between London and Beirut, Ramzi Mallat explores the socio-political impact of globalisation on notions of identity and self. He hopes to broaden cross-cultural awareness with works that blend familiar and unfamiliar aspects of culture and question the idea of the respective Other.
The artist taps into personal and collective memories through objects and symbols, which range from alluring references to Levantine pastries and coffee culture to stark depictions of political monuments and ambiguous Arabic calligraphy. Titles like Shock & Awe or Not Your Martyr add a layer of provocation to encourage a multifaceted discourse on the wider concept of fault lines.
Recent developments in the region further heighten the poignancy of his 2022 video documentary Sobhiye, which highlights the impact of historical and political events on the lives of ordinary citizens.
The exhibition is supported by HUB Collective, an interdisciplinary platform started by a group of cultural activists interested in art and culture related to Palestine and the Arab world.
Ramzi Mallat will be in conversation with P21 Gallery Artistic Director Yahya Zaloom on Saturday 18 November.