A face drawn on a map and the headline "Am I Lost?"
Mazen Kerbaj, Am I Lost? Mixed media on a map of Bologna, 29.7x42cm, 2017, © Mazen Kerbaj
28. Feb2020-16. Aug2020Add to Calendar

In the Presence / Absence of Mazen Kerbaj

Exhibitionifa-Galerie BerlinLinienstraße 139/14010115 Berlin
Tuesday – Sunday: 14.00 – 18.00
A face drawn on a map and the headline "Am I Lost?"
Mazen Kerbaj, Am I Lost? Mixed media on a map of Bologna, 29.7x42cm, 2017, © Mazen Kerbaj

New and old works of the Lebanese comic painter Mazen Kerbaj are shown in the exhibition 'In the Presence / Absence of Mazen Kerbaj'. The artist deploys two tropes that are common in underground comics: auto-biography and politics, an amalgamation of the personal and the historical.

In the exhibition curated by Hatem Iman the pieces get in dialogue. Parallels are drawn in time, medium and space like this. An idea, hastily scribbled on a restaurants' placemat can be continued or developed in a live drawing video. It is like entering a room with a legion of Mazen Kerbajs talking, drawing, arguing and drinking together. Each one of them is the record of a particular moment and a new place, on a spectrum of sobriety, in a varying tongue and also rendered in a different medium. For Kerbaj the movement is both a condition for his work and a subject as he is always on the move. The central piece – carrying the name of the show – orbits around a drawing station, left as though the artist was just there or perhaps is about to get back to it at any moment. This insertion of the physical body or its trace, blurs the line between the artist and his image.

About the artist

Mazen Kerbaj is a comic author, visual artist and musician born in Beirut in 1975. He also works on illustration and design projects and has taught at the American University of Beirut. As a trumpet player Kerbaj is one of the initiators and key players of the Lebanese free improvisation and experimental music scene. In 2015, Kerbaj was the recipient of a DAAD one-year artist in residency in Berlin. Since then Kerbaj has developed several new projects in different fields, such as the theatre play 'Borborygmus' or a concept for a live graphic score.

Accompanying programme

In the frame of his exhibition the series 'Mazen Kerbaj invites X + one'  takes place.

Mazen Kerbaj invites Andrew Lafkas + one to the courtyard of ifa Gallery Berlin on July 9th.

ifa Galleries

The ifa Galleries show the visual arts, architecture and design of a globalized world. They have been addressing contemporary art and current cultural and socio-political developments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe since 1971 in Stuttgart and since 1991 in Berlin. Exhibition series afford insight into art scenes all over the world and reach across national borders. Conversations, lectures and discussions allow visitors direct contact with artists and curators.

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