Faisal SAMRA (1956-) Saudi Arabian

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Faisal SAMRA (1956-) Saudi Arabian
Distorted reality 2, 2007 Signed, dated and numbered '2007 01/10' (on the reverse of each part) Lambda print with lamination and aluminium sheet Impression lambda montée sur aluminium Edition 1 of 10 - Édition 1 sur 10 Triptych: 120 x 160 cm each - 47.2 x 63 in. each AED 36,700 -55,100 Provenance The artist's studio Opera Gallery, Dubai Private collection Public notes In the series Distorted reality started in 2005, Faisal Samra has developed a work where the physical and conceptual staging is a recurrent theme. His transient performances of the hidden body extend and take the form of large photographic triptychs. Many of these works represent the artist, covered with masks, calligraphy, fabric or bandages that go to the extent of occulting his face, where he gets twisted as if he was desperately trying to free himself. Great emotional and spiritual strength emerges from these expressive images evoking a disorder of the being reminiscent of Francis Bacon. In his works, the subject remains elusive, the faces are revealed in snatches, the features are darkened, the contours are distorted, identity is disaggregated... This need to withstand a physical or intellectual test is for the artist a healthy sense of survival in view of the many constraints that hinder the life of a being. If Faisal Samra persists in exhibiting the real by revealing its distortions, it is primarily with a view toward questioning it. Thus, the image is nothing but a lure to him, and his work becomes self representation of these various contradictions.
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