- 2 - Alfred Tarazi (Artist)

In an artistic practice shaped by the ultimate event horizon of the Lebanese Civil War, Alfred Tarazi deploys his visual strategies in order to dig out fields of memory, emplaced haphazardly in a vast expanse of the present tense, often without direction or destination. A narrative emphasis occurs, at the root of which, the artist is unearthing critical and historical tools to read past events, provided by the past itself in the manner of a reluctant heritage. Tackling the Lebanese obsession with history, prevalent in artistic interventions in Lebanon,Tarazi playfully interrogates its questionable sources and selective archival practices, highlighting the role of the past as both origin and destination.

Alfred Tarazi was born in Beirut in 1980. In 2004, he graduated with a degree in graphic design from the American University of Beirut. His entire body of work, ranging across painting, photography, drawing, digital collage, sculpture and installation, revolves around complex historical investigations into the Lebanese Civil War. Tarazi is a member of Atelier Hapsitus, a multi-disciplinary working group founded by architect Nadim Karam and also a member of the cultural activism group The Feel Collective.

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