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M AY S A L O U N FA R A J

Bird Symphony PARIS 2015


M AY S A L O U N FA R A J

Bird Symphony PARIS 2015


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“Nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world.”

”Bird Symphony

is a collection of drawings made during my brief residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (August to December 2015) in response to the tragic mass migration being presently witnessed world-over. Sadly, it is often in the name of Freedom and Democracy and in the name of Religion that atrocities are committed, the result of which innocent lives find themselves in pursuit of ‘safety’ outside their homelands. Forced to leave everything behind jeopardizing their very lives in the process, they flee abundant land, home and loved ones, carrying nothing more than sorrow-filled hearts and treasured memories, not knowing what the future holds. I aim to produce innovative work that celebrates thoughts, influences and conversations, current yet stretching back into history. Having left Iraq, a land in which I am deeply rooted, it is humanity and the human condition that concerns me most, with an inner compulsion to explore identity shaped by displacement, conflict, war, injustice, human rights, human wrongs, and beauty lost.”

Bird Symphony . Acrylic paint, acrylic pen and colored pencil on 400 gsm pape


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er 42x30cm each 2015 Cité Internationale des Arts Paris . COLLECTION MANSOURIA FOUNDATION


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Bird Symphony 01 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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“I carry an inner compulsion to explore identity shaped by displacement, conflict, war, injustice, human rights, human wrongs, and beauty lost.”

Growing up between the USA where she was born (1955), Baghdad where she studied Architecture, Paris and London where she has lived and worked (since 1982) has essentially contributed to the shaping of her output as a painter, sculptor and ceramist. With emphasis on cultural heritage, Faraj’s work contemplates the intersection of place and identity, spanning both her roots and current perspectives. With an aesthetic informed by architectural discipline, Faraj articulates a complex web of references bridging east and west, ancient and contemporary. Oscillating between 2-dimensional painting and 3-dimensional sculpture, her visual vocabulary explores the dynamics between overarching societal concerns and the highly intimate, often pondering on ‘spirituality’ and the transience of human existence.


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Bird Symphony 02 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 03 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 04 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 05 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 06 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 07 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 08 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 09 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 10 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 11 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 12 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 13 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 14 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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Bird Symphony 15 . Acrylic paint and colored pencil on paper 42x30cm 2016


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B i r d S y m p h o n y 2015 COLLECTION MANSOURIA FOUNDATION


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BIRD SYMPHONY | Maysaloun Faraj  

”Bird Symphony is a collection of drawings made during my brief residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (August to December 2015...

BIRD SYMPHONY | Maysaloun Faraj  

”Bird Symphony is a collection of drawings made during my brief residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (August to December 2015...

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