Visual Arts - 2015
Lives and works in Beirut. Deriving inspiration from the geography and rich cultural history of Beirut, Rechmaoui's work often reflects themes of urbanization and contemporary social and behavioral demographics. He uses industrial materials such as concrete, rubber, tar and glass to create tactile works on a large scale. Rechmaoui’s tentatively titled Seven Pillars of Wisdom (2014-ongoing) keeps the theme of deconstruction/reconstruction with an installation of domestic objects – various materials collected from crumbled ruins of a residential building – embedded in a concrete pillar; a basic structural element in urban architecture. Flowers, pillows, among other decorative items reflect the burden of the past, which is still prevalent in the postcolonial period. The project will have its first public display in the 2015 Istanbul Biennial.