Charbel-joseph H. Boutros / Works

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Dream Salt, 2014. Equal parts salt and sugar. Variable dimensions
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Dream Salt, 2014. Equal parts salt and sugar. Variable dimensions
Exhibition view:  Much Ado About Nothing, Angela Detanico / Rafael Lain, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Ignasi Aballí, Karin Sander, Nicolás Lamas, Rémy Zaugg, Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023 
Exhibition view:  Much Ado About Nothing, Angela Detanico / Rafael Lain, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Ignasi Aballí, Karin Sander, Nicolás Lamas, Rémy Zaugg, Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023 
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018 – ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Variable dimensions. Unique (ongoing series) 
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018 – ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Variable dimensions. Unique (ongoing series) 
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, If Close to the Sun a Drop May Fall #3,  2019-2023. Album tape not listened to for years, music album, votive candle wax, metallic structure, dreams. 68 x 14 x 27 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, If Close to the Sun a Drop May Fall #3,  2019-2023. Album tape not listened to for years, music album, votive candle wax, metallic structure, dreams. 68 x 14 x 27 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Amitié, 2018. Stan Smith shoes. 40 x 52 x 11 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Amitié, 2018. Stan Smith shoes. 40 x 52 x 11 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Divine, 2019-2023. Engraved marble slab, gallerist’s T-shirt (Vera Cortês), hopes, labor. 54 x 59 x 2 cm. Unique (in a series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Divine, 2019-2023. Engraved marble slab, gallerist’s T-shirt (Vera Cortês), hopes, labor. 54 x 59 x 2 cm. Unique (in a series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018 – ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Variable dimensions. Unique (ongoing series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Neon Light, 2018 – ongoing series. Gallery’s neon light, votive candles’ wax, exhibition. Variable dimensions. Unique (ongoing series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, A Waxed Melody, the last art exhibition in history, 2023. Electric guitar, votive candle wax, wishes, hopes, carpet, desert sand, video (28min.), exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, A Waxed Melody, the last art exhibition in history, 2023. Electric guitar, votive candle wax, wishes, hopes, carpet, desert sand, video (28min.), exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, A Waxed Melody, the last art exhibition in history, 2023 (detail). Electric guitar, votive candle wax, wishes, hopes, carpet, desert sand, video (28min.), exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, A Waxed Melody, the last art exhibition in history, 2023 (detail). Electric guitar, votive candle wax, wishes, hopes, carpet, desert sand, video (28min.), exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, A Waxed Melody, the last art exhibition in history, 2023 (detail). Electric guitar, votive candle wax, wishes, hopes, carpet, desert sand, video (28min.), exhibition. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, A Waxed Melody, the last art exhibition in history, 2023 (detail). Electric guitar, votive candle wax, wishes, hopes, carpet, desert sand, video (28min.), exhibition. Unique
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Under the Shadow of your Fingers, 2019-2023. Video (7 min.), laptop, metallic structure. 54 x 59 x 2 cm. Ed 5 + 2 AP
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Under the Shadow of your Fingers, 2019-2023. Video (7 min.), laptop, metallic structure. 54 x 59 x 2 cm. Ed 5 + 2 AP
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #2, 2017. Blanket, dreams, fire. Variable dimensions. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #2, 2017. Blanket, dreams, fire. Variable dimensions. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Untitled Until Now, 2019. Neon light (equal to the lenght of a person, before being heated and twisted), votive candle wax, light, heat. 185 cm. Unique (in a series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Untitled Until Now, 2019. Neon light (equal to the lenght of a person, before being heated and twisted), votive candle wax, light, heat. 185 cm. Unique (in a series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Untitled Until Now, 2019 (detail). Neon light (equal to the lenght of a person, before being heated and twisted), votive candle wax, light, heat. 185 cm. Unique (in a series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Untitled Until Now, 2019 (detail). Neon light (equal to the lenght of a person, before being heated and twisted), votive candle wax, light, heat. 185 cm. Unique (in a series)
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Exhibition view: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, I stood in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar and I dropped my left tear in the Atlantic Ocean and my right tear in the Mediterranean Sea., Galeria Vera Cortês, 2023
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Enclosed in Marble, 2012-23. Carrara marble, 1 cm3 of night from Naas Forest (Mount Lebanon), metallic hinges. Unique, with variations
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Enclosed in Marble, 2012-23. Carrara marble, 1 cm3 of night from Naas Forest (Mount Lebanon), metallic hinges. Unique, with variations
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Enclosed in Marble, 2012-23 (detail). Carrara marble, 1 cm3 of night from Naas Forest (Mount Lebanon), metallic hinges. Unique, with variations.
(View from “Forgotten Lands”, Solo exhibition of Charbel-joseph H. Boutros at the Palais de Tokyo, Photo Aurelien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Enclosed in Marble, 2012-23 (detail). Carrara marble, 1 cm3 of night from Naas Forest (Mount Lebanon), metallic hinges. Unique, with variations.
(View from “Forgotten Lands”, Solo exhibition of Charbel-joseph H. Boutros at the Palais de Tokyo, Photo Aurelien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Life Variation #4, 2011. Passion-fruit, electric charger. Variable dimensions. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Life Variation #4, 2011. Passion-fruit, electric charger. Variable dimensions. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Life variation #3, the marbles, the ring and the continents. Greece, 2022. Marble stone coming from Greece, pieces of a golden ring, continents, metallic structure, displacement, love, hopes. 170 x 106 x 64 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Life variation #3, the marbles, the ring and the continents. Greece, 2022. Marble stone coming from Greece, pieces of a golden ring, continents, metallic structure, displacement, love, hopes. 170 x 106 x 64 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Life variation #3, the marbles, the ring and the continents. Greece, 2022 (detai. Marble stone coming from Greece, pieces of a golden ring, continents, metallic structure, displacement, love, hopes. 170 x 106 x 64 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Life variation #3, the marbles, the ring and the continents. Greece, 2022 (detai. Marble stone coming from Greece, pieces of a golden ring, continents, metallic structure, displacement, love, hopes. 170 x 106 x 64 cm. Unique
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012-17. Supermarket receipts, marker. 70 x 50 cm. Unique (series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012-17. Supermarket receipts, marker. 70 x 50 cm. Unique (series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012-17 (detail). Supermarket receipts, marker. 70 x 50 cm. Unique (series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mon Amour, 2012-17 (detail). Supermarket receipts, marker. 70 x 50 cm. Unique (series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #03, 2016-19. Airplane sleeping mask, votive candle wax, dreams, wishes. Variable dimensions. Unique (ongoing series)
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #03, 2016-19. Airplane sleeping mask, votive candle wax, dreams, wishes. Variable dimensions. Unique (ongoing series)
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, 2m Long of Isolated Darkness, 2017–20. Isolation foam, empty metallic tube, darkness. Unique, 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, 2m Long of Isolated Darkness, 2017–20. Isolation foam, empty metallic tube, darkness. Unique, 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, 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, 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. 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, An Exhibition Around Your Neck, 2022. Necklace, marble cub Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, An Exhibition Around Your Neck, 2022. Necklace, marble cub Courtesy La Criée centre for contemporary art – photo © Aurélien Mole
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.
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. 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
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
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
 

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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 a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (The Netherlands). In 2020, the S.M.A.K. Museum in Ghent (Belgium) hosted his first institutional exhibition in Europe, “The Sun Is My Only Ally”, later presented at the contemporary art center La Criée (2022). His first monograph, jointly prepared by S.M.A.K Ghent and La Criée centre for contemporary art, published by Mousse Publishing was released in 2022.

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 reveste-se de camadas íntimas, geográficas e históricas, encontrando linhas poéticas que se estendem além do domínio das especulações e realidades existentes. Tendo nascido durante a guerra do Líbano, o seu trabalho não assenta sobre uma reflexão histórica e política explícita, mas antes sobre o assombramento desta eventual reflexão histórica e política.
Para H. Boutros, cada exposição é uma nova geografia que reformula a realidade.

H. Boutros foi artista residente no The Pavillon do Palais de Tokyo, Paris (França) e investigador na Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (Países Baixos). O museu S.M.A.K. Museum em Ghent (Bélgica), acolheu em 2020 a sua primeira grande exposição institucional na Europa, “The Sun Is My Only Ally”, de seguida apresentada no centro de arte contemporânea La Criée. Em 2022, em conjunto com estas duas instituições, o seu primeiro livro monográfico foi publicado 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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