Installation view of the exhibition Simone Fattal: Works and Days at MoMA PS1, New York. March 31–September 2, 2019. Image courtesy of MoMA PS1. Photo by Matthew Septimus.

This public gallery talk will focus on works from the exhibition Simone Fattal: Works and Days to consider how Fattal alludes to the violence and trauma of war through the language of bodily figuration and disfiguration. The talk begins by exploring how the Lebanese-American artist’s firsthand experience of exile during the Lebanese Civil War informed her first sculptural work, Torso Found in Today’s Downtown Beirut (1988), and goes on to trace the evolving relationship between Fattal’s own life and the poetic approaches to materiality, mythology, and archaeology that continue to inform her practice.

Presented by Camila Palomino, Spring 2019 Curatorial Intern, MoMA PS1.

    This event accompanies Simone Fattal: Works and Days.