Sirine Fattouh

Sirine Fattouh was born in 1980 in Beirut. She currently lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts of Paris-Cergy in 2006. Since 2005, Fattouh teaches arts at the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she is also a member of the Centre d’Études et de Recherches en Arts Plastiques. She has presented her work in solo and group exhibitions such as: Fonction critique, quelques apparitions diversement manifestées, Aperto gallery, Montpellier (2009) / Pol/A, Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (2009) / Exposure 2009, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2009) / Parcours mixtes, galerie Michel Journiac, Paris (2009) / Vous écrire, Centre Culturel Français of Beirut, Lebanon (2008) / Home? Figures des migrations, Villa des Tourelles gallery, Nanterre, France (2008) / Jeune création, espace Charlie Parker de la Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris (2008) / Perdu-Gagné, Festival Photos et Légendes, Théâtre du Fil de l’eau, Pantin, France (2008) / Proliférer, Villa Savoye of Le Corbusier, Poissy, France (2007) / Le grand chelem et le petit schmiblick, Collectif Persona Non Grata, la Vitrine de l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy gallery, Paris (2006) / Baby Doll: Made in China, installation, F-Space Trianon, Paris (2006) / Le temps des appareils, exhibition of the researcher group of the CERAP at Faux Mouvement, Centre d’art contemporain, Metz, France (2006) / Le temps des appareils, exhibition of the researcher group of the CERAP at the CUBE, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (2006).

 

The Last Supper is an installation consisting of a large table set for eight people, a sculpture of the artist whose entire body is made out of tape and white wax hands. A knotted rope is falling from the ceiling; the space is lit by fifty light strings. On the wall, colored copies of the artist’s sketchbook support the installation and display the notes and researches she constituted during the three weeks workshop.

In a country in economic crisis, where there is an overall melancholic mood, it seemed important to take into account parameters of the context for the realization of my installation. Everywhere I went, I felt the influence of depression on the population of Thessaloniki. If the city was almost deserted at some moments of the day, shops closing one after the other, it was on strike at some other times.  In a momentum of solidarity, protesters would gather and transform what was a no man’s land into a massive space of claim. Everyone seemed to be affected by the overall situation: taxi drivers would always talk about it, one of them trying to compare it to other countries: “How is the situation in your country? Because in Greece it's shit!”. Most of the people I encountered were obliged to have two jobs at once, one of them being on the black market. The maid of the hotel worked during her two days-off, obliged by her situation as a divorced woman with three children and an ex husband that does not help.

Besides this prompt situation, another factor, the strong presence of religious iconography, appeared to be specifically linked to the area. In an ironic sense, it even seemed to support the gloomy side that I felt through the people and the city. Those elements retained me to think my installation so as to converge. The economic crisis requires enormous sacrifices and a resistance from the Greek population which wasn’t prepared for the situation. The Last Supper is a contemporary reinterpretation of the iconography and symbolism of the Sacrifice, transferred into the figure of the artist. The Last Supper is an invitation for eight guests who will never come. The artist is lying stunned on the table, head in her plate. The rope translates the ambivalence of the situation.

Photos

The Last Supper, installation, dimensions variable, 2011, courtesy of the artist, commisioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
The Last Supper, installation, dimensions variable, 2011, courtesy of the artist, commisioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
The Last Supper, installation, dimensions variable, 2011, courtesy of the artist, commisioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
The Last Supper, installation, dimensions variable, 2011, courtesy of the artist, commisioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon