From my brother’s story who filled a boat with his body and went far away for a new hope surrounded by whales, to smugglers who create creative ways to fill our bodies in tanks of chocolates and oil. About our choices that became rare, destiny that became like that of a fisherman who throws his hook in a sea of memories hoping his bate will catch possessing thread of power, or a suitcase to emigrate as far as you can get in this world, a bullet to kill or get killed by, or an empty bottle to lock and isolate yourself in. All you have to do is make a that suites you, because the sweetest of them choices is still bitter
" Walking on Thread "
An Exhibition By Mohamad Khayata At 392RMEIL393 from 20th of November to 5 January 2016 Lebanon - Beirut
" Sketches "
an Exhibition by 2 Artists Mohamad Khayata Ahmad Naffory
" Bits & Pieces " Exhibition
an exhibition by Syrian artist Mohamad Khayata and the Lebanese designer Ghina Sibaii. Starting from Khayata’s memories of his mother making a patch work “ Madeh “ out of pieces of different fabrics and transforming it from an act of labor to an act of art was the starting point of the union of these two artists. ‘Bits and pieces ‘is what life is. It is our individuality gathered as quilt work. Khayata portrays in a visual language symbols of what went on in Syria, combining stories and memories like a patched work stitched and tied to a canvas. From the portrait of a man wrapped in a patched quilt made of memories to another one disappearing into a patched quilt holding a suitcase in preparation to leave behind hisworld, to having a drink to what was once a country and a home. His art exceeded the limit of a canvas and surpass it to human figures, a map to the so-called “Arab World”, to a chair , all shaped from broken pieces of glass representing stories of nostalgia,fear,war and the manipulation of power. The artists started from a captured moment, sketched it and finally gave birth to an entity painted on a canvas full of personal memories, feelings and passions to make visual the unspoken words.
Working with a wide range of media, gathering different materials such as broken glass, decayed wood, and simply collecting elements from flea markets, Khayata and Sibaii do not impose on the subject but rather make the elements evolve and reshape themselves to become a newborn entity. Every piece displayed in this exhibition is a unique item that cannot be duplicated or cloned because each has a unique existence and a story.