Sirine Fattouh

Woman doing a selfie with her butt out


Pencil and watercolor on paper

21,5 x 15,5 cm

Sirine Fattouh started drawing in 2017, around the same time she began creating her Sleepers sculptures. At that time, she was struggling with insomnia and spiraling thoughts, including both childhood memories and current anxieties. Her drawings are characterized by a naive aesthetic, illustrating her dreams, surroundings, and context. They are humorous yet unsettling, and are manifested through her restlessness and memories. In a way, she finds a suitable coping mechanism by mythologizing her environment.


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About the Artist

Sirine Fattouh (b. 1980) is a visual artist based between Paris, France and Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a PhD in Visual Arts and Aesthetics from Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and and a National Superior Diploma of Expression of Plastic Arts (DNSEP) from l’École Nationale Supérieure of Paris Cergy (ENSAPC) . Drawing on oral history accounts, her practice explores the representation of personal and collective histories through different mediums. Her most recent work employs illustration sculpture, and installation to deconstruct gender and queer identities. She has shown her work at Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, France (2017), Centre Pompidou, Metz, France (2018); MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy (2017); Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2017); Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem), Marseille, France (2016); Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France (2015); and the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece (2011).

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