The Travel of Words Through Lebanon Trucks
This exclusive exhibition showcases photographs of paintings, drawings, calligraphies, as well as talismans produced on moving trucks in Lebanon. Many years of observation allowed Houda Kassatly to extract from them a certain vitality all while acknowledging the place of everyday life, ancestral beliefs, irrationality, or humor.
Alongside abstract compositions and prophylactic objects and drawings, the evil eye of trucks also uses words to ward off bad luck, discard a jealous person, magnify a beloved one, pray to God or exacerbate one’s patriotism, always supported by the Lebanese flag and cedar tree.
There are elements of Pop Art in Kassatly’s photographs. She is equally interested in capturing nickel trucks and enigmas, emblems and scraps, paintings and calligraphic writings, as well as affixed talismans and mobile goods. Her frontal frame is always animated by the perspectives she captures. Her photographs, adorned with bright-colored or dissonant elements, although appearing simple and readable, convey a new approach to reality.
Demolished Beiruti houses or kitschy trucks are the ethnological and sociological issues that interest Houda Kassatly. She studies and analyzes them well before transferring them into an aesthetic form. A pioneer in Lebanon for her art of producing images without resorting to over-the-top visual effects, Houda Kassatly has today become a point of reference for her ideas.
Off the beaten path, the artist takes us through her “living paintings that came to know the dust of roads and the passing of time”* in a permanent movement. She pays a tribute to truck drivers by releasing a poetic and ephemeral art as they drive “through the plainness of colors, patina, and pebbles of the paintings.”*