Ginane Makki Bacho
Born in Beirut, Ginane Makki Bacho is a multimedia artist whose work offers a unique perspective on the disruptive and brutal effects of the Lebanese Civil War and on-going wars in the contemporary world. Her attentiveness to narrative detail is reflected in her collage paintings, which piece together personal experiences with broader socio-political considerations. Similarly, her steel sculptural works are highly biographical, being rendered from the collected twisted shrapnel that nearly destroyed her Beirut apartment in 1982. Her more recent work explores the violence afflicting the Middle East through her series of metal sculptures that demonstrate acts of resilience and resistance. Ginane Makki Bacho began her artistic training in Beirut where she received a BFA from the Lebanese American University, Beirut (1982), and later completed an MFA in Printmaking and Painting at the Pratt Institute, New York (1987). She has held numerous solo exhibitions in Beirut (most recently “Civilisation” at Saleh Barakat Gallery), including a retrospective of her works at the French Cultural Center, Beirut (2005). She also has also participated in groups exhibitions in Lebanon, London, Kuwait and Egypt and Art Fairs in Beirut, Dubai and Istanbul. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Centre Culturel Français in Beirut, the Museum of Digne les Bains, Cabo Frio Museum in Rio de Janeiro, the Arab League in Washington, DC and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.