Charbel-joseph H. Boutros / Works

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #3, 2016–19. Airplane sleeping mask, votive candle wax, dreams, wishes. Ongoing series.Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #3, 2016–19. Airplane sleeping mask, votive candle wax, dreams, wishes. Ongoing series.Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, DRINK EUROPA, 2013. Drinking glass, 27 European mineral waters, side table. Ed. 3. Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, DRINK EUROPA, 2013. Drinking glass, 27 European mineral waters, side table. Ed. 3. Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, DRINK EUROPA, 2013 (detail). Drinking glass, 27 European mineral waters, side table. Ed. 3. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, DRINK EUROPA, 2013 (detail). Drinking glass, 27 European mineral waters, side table. Ed. 3. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012–17. Supermarket receipt, marker. Unique, series. Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012–17. Supermarket receipt, marker. Unique, series. Installation view La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view S.M.A.K.- Gent, 2020, Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view S.M.A.K.- Gent, 2020, Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view S.M.A.K., Gent, 2020. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, The Sun is My Only Ally, Installation view S.M.A.K., Gent, 2020. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Catwalk, 2019–20 (detail). Painted metallic structure, painted wood, museum staff exhibition, performance. Ed. 3.  Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the museum team will walk only on the
platform to navigate this exhibition room, never touching the ground.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Catwalk, 2019–20 (detail). Painted metallic structure, painted wood, museum staff exhibition, performance. Ed. 3.  Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the museum team will walk only on the
platform to navigate this exhibition room, never touching the ground.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Catwalk, 2019–20. Painted metallic structure, painted wood, museum staff exhibition, performance. Ed. 3.  Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the museum team will walk only on the
platform to navigate this exhibition room, never touching the ground.
 
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Catwalk, 2019–20. Painted metallic structure, painted wood, museum staff exhibition, performance. Ed. 3.  Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the museum team will walk only on the
platform to navigate this exhibition room, never touching the ground.
 
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, Geography & Abstraction, 2017–20. Carpet, concrete cylinders, darkness, heat. Unique, variations. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, Geography & Abstraction, 2017–20. Carpet, concrete cylinders, darkness, heat. Unique, variations. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012–17 (detail). Supermarket receipt, marker. Unique, series. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012–17 (detail). Supermarket receipt, marker. Unique, series. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012–17 (detail). Supermarket receipt, marker. Unique, series. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012–17 (detail). Supermarket receipt, marker. Unique, series. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Reloading Passion, 2011. Maracuja, electric charger. Unique. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Reloading Passion, 2011. Maracuja, electric charger. Unique. Photo: Dirk Pauwels, S.M.A.K.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Exhibition view: Intimate Geographies, Marres, Maastricht, 2021
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Exhibition view: Intimate Geographies, Marres, Maastricht, 2021
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Pleasure, 2019. Votive candle wax, hopes, wishes, cut from an exhibition carpet. Unique. Exhibition view: Intimate Geographies, Marres, Maastricht, 2021
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Pleasure, 2019. Votive candle wax, hopes, wishes, cut from an exhibition carpet. Unique. Exhibition view: Intimate Geographies, Marres, Maastricht, 2021
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, 2m Long of Isolated Darkness, 2017–20. Isolation foam, empty metallic tube, darkness. Unique, ongoing series. Installation view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, 2m Long of Isolated Darkness, 2017–20. Isolation foam, empty metallic tube, darkness. Unique, ongoing series. Installation view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, 2m Long of Isolated Darkness, 2017–20 (detail). Isolation foam, empty metallic tube, darkness. Unique, ongoing series. Installation view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, 2m Long of Isolated Darkness, 2017–20 (detail). Isolation foam, empty metallic tube, darkness. Unique, ongoing series. Installation view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Exhibition view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Exhibition view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Exhibition view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Exhibition view: The distance between your eyes and the Sun, Home Works 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2019
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, No Light In White Light, Night Cartography. Night of 5/10/16. Ongoing series. Carbon and acrylic spray on white paper, metallic structure. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, No Light In White Light, Night Cartography. Night of 5/10/16. Ongoing series. Carbon and acrylic spray on white paper, metallic structure. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018- ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018- ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018- ongoing series (detai. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018- ongoing series (detai. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018- ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018- ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Unique
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, But even dead can dance, Love. Paper, ashes coming from a burned paper are applied on that same paper. 50 x 65 cm. Unique
 
Chabel-joseph H. Boutros, But even dead can dance, Love. Paper, ashes coming from a burned paper are applied on that same paper. 50 x 65 cm. Unique
 
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #2, 2017. Blanket, dreams, fire. Photo: Aurelien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #2, 2017. Blanket, dreams, fire. Photo: Aurelien Mole

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Exhibitions

Bio

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros was born in Lebanon in 1981 and lives and works between Beirut and Paris.

In his work invisibility is charged with intimate, geographical and historical layers; finding poetic lines that extend beyond the realm of existing speculations and realities. Being born in the middle of the Lebanese war, his art is not engaged in an explicit political and historical reflection, but is more accurately haunted by the said political and historical reflection.

For H. Boutros, each exhibition is a new geography that reformulates reality.

H. Boutros was a resident at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France) and was a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (The Netherlands). His first extensive institutional exhibition in Europe, “The Sun Is My Only Ally” was recently shown at S.M.A.K. Museum, Ghent (Belgium). His first monograph released in 2022 was published by Mousse Publishing.

His work has been shown internationally at: The 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy; Centre Pompidou – Metz, France; S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent, Belgium; Home Works 8, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; CCS Bard College, New York, USA; 3rd Bahia Biennial, Salvador, Brazil; 1st Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan, China; CCA, Warsaw, Poland; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon; La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art, France; Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

A permanent installation ‘Sueur d’étoile’, that he realized with the French étoile dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot, inaugurated in 2016 remains on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France).

His works are in the collections of S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent; CNAP, Paris, France; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros nasceu no Líbano em 1981 e vive e trabalha entre Beirute e Paris.

Na sua obra, a invisibilidade é carregada com camadas íntimas, geográficas e históricas, encontrando linhas poéticas que se estendem além do domínio das especulações e realidades existentes. Tendo nascido no meio da guerra libanesa, o seu trabalho não assenta numa reflexão política e histórica explícita, mas sim em um certo assombramento a respeito do que seria uma reflexão política e histórica.

Para H. Boutros, cada exposição é uma nova geografia que reformula a realidade.

H. Boutros foi residente no The Pavillon do Palais de Tokyo, Paris (França) e investigador na Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (Países Baixos). O S.M.A.K. Museum, Ghent (Bélgica), acolheu recentemente a sua primeira grande exposição institucional na Europa, “The Sun Is My Only Ally”. O seu primeiro livro monográfico foi publicado este ano pela Mousse Publishing.

O seu trabalho tem sido apresentado internacionalmente em: 12ª Bienal Internacional de Istambul, Istambul, Turquia; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, França; Punta della Dogana, Veneza, Itália; Centre Pompidou – Metz, França; S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent, Bélgica; Home Works 8, Ashkal Alwan, Beirute; CCS Bard College, Nova Iorque, EUA; 3ª Bienal da Bahia, Salvador, Brasil; 1ª Bienal Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China; CCA, Varsóvia, Polónia; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, EAU; Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Líbano; La Criée Centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, França; Marres, Maastricht, Países Baixos.

A instalação permanente ‘Sueur d’étoile’, que realizou junto com a bailarina francesa Marie-Agnes Gillot, inaugurada em 2016, continua exposta no Palais de Tokyo, Paris (França).

As suas obras encontram-se nas colecções do Museu S.M.A.K., Gent; CNAP, Paris, França; Fundação de Arte Barjeel, Sharjah, EAU.

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