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Laure Ghorayeb: Black on White

Laure Ghorayeb


Laure Ghorayeb is a self-taught Lebanese artist born in 1931 in the village of Deir al-Qamar. She first started out as a cultural journalist/critic and a poet and has worked at several magazines including Shi’r, L’Orient, Le Jour and Annahar. Currently known for her intricate and detailed ink drawings, Ghorayeb’s work represents chronicles of her life as well as events and people that have had an impact on her such as the Lebanese civil wars and members of her family. This publication looks back on her transition from writer to painter. "Laure Ghorayeb: Black on White" is the second publication in the Saradar Collection x Kaph Books series and includes texts by Venetia Porter and Dr. Maha Azizé Sultan as well as a conversation between the artist and her son Mazen Kerbage.

About the Artist

Laure Ghorayeb

Born in Der El Qamar in 1931, Laure Ghorayeb Lives and works in Beirut. She is a painter, cultural journalist and critic who has given an inimitable trace since 1962. She has participated in solo and collective exhibitions locally and internationally. Previously she has collaborated with her son Mazen Kerbaj on two shows in 2007 and 2010. Ghorayeb also took part in “Pinceaux pour Plumes” at the Sursock Museum, and Convergence - New Art from Lebanon”, at the Katzen Art Center of the American University in Washington DC. Ghorayeb’s work was acquired by the British Museum for their permanent collection.

About the Authors

Venetia Porter

Venetia Porter is a curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East art at the British Museum where she has been since 1989. She has a BA in Arabic and Persian and an MPhil in Islamic Art from the University of Oxford. Her PhD from the University of Durham is on the history and architecture of Medieval Yemen.

Dr Maha Azize Sultan

A critic and a researcher in the visual arts. She is a lecturer since 1995, specialized in History of modern and Contemporary Art. Her researches have been a center of Arab debates. She participated in events and conferences held in Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria, Morocco and Paris… She has many researches and publications. She represented Lebanon in Arab and International conferences since 1996, and was awarded prizes and certificates of appreciation. She is a member of the jury committee of many art exhibitions.

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Thursday, December 12, 2019
English and Arabic
21 x 27 cm
1189 g
Number of Pages:
Kaph Books
The Arts