Through a set of sculptures, found objects, and installations, the Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet unveils her first major solo exhibition in the U.K. Showing at the Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, this selection of eight works on the theme of the fragment and memory, is a kind of contemporary archaeology combining personal narrative and collective experience. The artwork Steel Rings is one such example: this sculpture made up of 28 steel rings symbolises the skeleton of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline (Tapline), once the biggest oil pipeline in the world, lying at the crossroads of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, and now abandoned on the spot. The remnants of an oil empire that continues to sprawl despite rampant global warming.
Courtesy of the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg.
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