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Seta Manoukian: Painting in Levitation

Overview

Born in Lebanon in 1945, Seta Manoukian is a painter. Her early drawings reveal a sense of composition, a strong artistic hand and an original talent noticed by her first teacher Paul Guiragossian. She was teaching at Lebanese University when the Civil War began in 1975. After 10 years of war in Lebanon she had to flee, to LA defeated by war, where she still lives today, as a Buddhist monk.

This publication looks back at Manoukian’s work, focusing on the 70s and 80s periods of her practice. It includes essays by Gregory Buchakjian, Kristine Khouri and Aline Manoukian.

Co-published as part of the Saradar Collection x Kaph Books series.

About the Authors

Gregory Buchakjian

Gregory Buchakjian (b. 1971) is an art historian and visual interdisciplinary artist, Université Paris IV Sorbonne PhD, acting director of the School of Visual Arts at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts – Alba. His visual work emerged in the aftermath of the 2006 war with the series Nighthawks. Since then, he focused on city and history with publications such as Fouad Elkoury, Passing Time (Kaph Books: 2017), Traversées Photographiques. Le journal du Docteur Cottard (Arab Image Foundation: 2017) and his contributions to On Photography in Lebanon: Essays and Stories (Kaph Books, 2018). In 2018, his Fragments from the Ridge Line are part of first Lebanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture while Fragments from the History of Civil Aviation in Lebanon are in the book accompanying the exhibition Cycles of Collapsing Progress. Member of the advisory committee of the Saradar Collection, he took part in juries including Sursock Museum Salon d’Automne (2009), Boghossian Prize (2012), Beirut Art Center’s Exposure (2013) and Beirut Art Residency (2017).

Kristine Khouri

Kristine Khouri is an independent researcher and writer whose interests focus on the history of arts circulation and infrastructure in the Arab world, and archival practices and dissemination. Together with Rasha Salti, she has co-curated Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts of the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, 1978 shown at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2015), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2016), and at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago (2018). Khouri also curated The Founding Years (1969–1973): A selection of works from the Sultan Gallery Archives at the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (2012). Kristine has contributed to numerous publications and was a section editor for the publication accompanying the exhibition Time is Out of Joint (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2016). She is a member of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut.

Aline Manoukian

Aline Manoukian studied the history of photography in California. In 1983, she covered the Lebanese conflict, as a photojournalist for the Lebanese daily newspaper the Daily Star. In 1985, she joined Reuters news agency and later became head of the photo department, managing a group of staff and stringers, while covering the Lebanese conflict. In 1989, she moved to Paris, where she continued her career as a photographer and later as a picture editor. From 2010 to 2013, she was president of the French photo-editors' association ANI. In 2017, she became director of the newly established non-profit organisation Beirut Center of Photography, dedicated to promoting quality photography in Lebanon.

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Language:
English / Arabic
Format:
Hardcover
Dimensions:
21x27cm
Weight:
1019g
ISBN:
9786148035104
Number of Pages:
168
Publisher:
Kaph Books
Categories:
The Arts