Léa Bou Habib(b.1993) Born and raised in Lebanon, Spain(2014-2018), Lebanon(2018-2020), & (2020-present)UK.
My art practice is an exploration of time & identity. Through a process of “active imagination”, oil paint builds up layer ontop of layer, demystifying the painted subjects. Using a blend of surrealism and expressionism I launch a visual performance that transforms the painted surface at unique times & under unique circumstances. I explore themes of identity, love, vulnerability, and addiction. My interest in studying time is often exhibited in timelines that tell stories of the artist's states of agony & enchantment. The paintings are not limited to one image, but a reflection of an abundance of emotions & thoughts. This process of constant change & transformation of an artwork is influenced by my resistance towards cultural, political, and social structures that have become a part of my identity. I paint to become no one again, to transcend above what is known. I believe that in a singular moment, any object or subject can be stripped of its identity, revealing its true essence. For me, nothing is more important than expressing the essence of that moment.
After returning from Spain in 2018, I became fascinated by the complexity of my sense of belonging to Lebanon and how identity is influenced by a nation and its structures. I have used public art to explore these influences, creating projects both big and small since 2019. My latest public art projects, documented through video and photographs, focus on deep political trauma and injustice, highlighting the importance of resistance in the face of adversity. Without them, the human stands alone in their struggle for expression.
Barcelona Academy of Art, Spain
Intensive program in painting, drawing & sculpture
University of Balamand (ALBA)_ Lebanon
Bachelor in Interior Architecture
TILT_ Hoxton gallery, London
Éphémère by Retrieving Beirut_ Sage Parlor, Beirut
Habitudes_ Saifi village, Beirut
Kuh-rupt by Art of change_ Hamra, Beirut
MISNŌMA_ Mau Mau, Barcelona
Reconstructing memories_ ARTLAB gallery, Beirut
Co-exist by Retrieving Beirut_ Online exhibition