Bare Metal

Bespoke - - BREAK THE RULES -

Ab­dul­rah­man Katanani is a Pales­tinian artist who was born and raised in Beirut in the Sabra refugee camp that has shel­tered thou­sands of Pales­tinian refugee fam­i­lies since 1948. There, on the sixth floor of a di­lap­i­dated, for­mer hos­pi­tal, is where you’ll find him, at work, in his stu­dio, in the cor­ner of an apart­ment he shares with his par­ents, brothers, and sis­ters. The workspace might be small and mod­est but his dreams and as­pi­ra­tions are any­thing but, and Katanani has al­ready man­aged to put him­self on the global art map. His scrap-metal sculp­tures and pic­ture com­pos­ites now sell for up­wards of 20,000 USD at Christie’s in Dubai, he won the pres­ti­gious Sur­sock Mu­seum Prize twice, com­pleted an MFA at the Le­banese Uni­ver­sity, took part in an ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­ised by art con­sul­tant Lau­rence Drey­fus in Paris, did a three-month res­i­dency at the Cité des Arts and more re­cently held solo and group shows in Ge­orge Town (Pe­nang) Doha, Mu­nich and Abu Dhabi.

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