Saturday, July 22, 2006


As of today, laure ghorayeb began the resistance on

And who is laure ghorayeb might ask most of my international readers (and a lot of the lebanese one I presume)?

LAURE GHORAYEB attempt for an objective biography

laure ghorayeb is a lebanese visual artist/poet born in 1931. after publishing 2 books of poems, she slowly stop writing to consecrate herself tothe unique style of painting she developed over the years. this style, melting words, drawings and signs together could arguably be described as abstract/poetic comics (it is at least my opinion).

she did many solo exhibits and hundred of collective ones. she is holder of an award of distinction from the paris biennale (1967) and won the first award of the alexandria biennal in the category of drawing (1997). she also participated in the international forum of art "europ’art 2003" in geneva.

during the 15 years of the civil war, laure ghorayeb never stopped drawing. a selection of these drawings, directly connected to the war, were published in a limited edition book titled “témoignage” (testimony) in 1985.
it seems sadly that art cannot fight war. here she is today starting a new series of her marvelously depressing war drawings in a blog titled “witnessing (again)”.
laure ghorayeb is also an art critic for the lebanese newspaper an nahar.

LAURE GHORAYEB a subjective biography

laure ghorayeb is my mom and she’s the greatest.


Blogger JC2005 said...

liked the subjective biography more - your mom's drawings are really great! i guess a son of a fish knows well how to swim in the river... :)
from lisbon, portugal
ps - please be as safe as you can, will you? wish i could do something more than THANK YOU, send your blog link to everyone i know and denounce this horrors through my own writings. can we do something more? - just tell us what!

4:37 AM  
Blogger mazen (old profile) said...

well jc,
like mother, like son.
now everybody will know where i steal my ideas and "style" from :)
anyways, for helping us, i cannot see something else than keep posting comments and sending the link to evereybody, and especially continuing the writings.

4:49 AM  
Blogger hbw said...

Yes. And in all our desperation about the things happening - no! they don't happen! Humans (?) do it. - we will be a bit happy about the new lights of friendly feeling you, mazen, lighted up for us. May a lot of lights like yours enlight the world to make it one day a peacefull one!
I wish you all a good day!
HBW, Germany

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mazen's mom does great artwork !
make me think to an hybrid between Augustin Lesage and Jean Dubuffet ! ;-)
I would like to see more... Is there any place on the web to see the 15 years ago drawings ?
send her our friendly thoughts.

4:26 PM  
Blogger B. said...

Oh! She's your mom. I did see a resemblance of some sort in the way you both create your art.

5:32 PM  
Blogger backenas said...

I keep thinking on the 2 big paintings you have at home, made by your mom. Can't get them out of my head! I will go to her blog and tell her I love her...sorry, -them!

9:26 PM  
Blogger shanseuse said...

Your mother is wonderful - definitely a poetic soul.

11:04 PM  
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5:12 AM  
Blogger mazen (old profile) said...

thank you all for visiting mom's blog.

yannink you're somehow right, but i would also add henri michaux, paul kell and the islamic arabesque art (but that's my guess. she actually discovered all these people after beginning to draw as far as i know).

there is unfortunately nothing from her work (from the late 50s to present) is present on the web. i wanted to work a website for her, but the job of translating all the stuff written (scribbled somteimes) inside is huge. i hope somebody will help me in this huge task one day (i always add: before she dies i hope).
it is a pity that i cannot show the huge drawing of my living room. this one won the biennal of alexandria in 2000 i think. but ther is enough text inside to fill a book. i never was able to read it all. it is crazy.

anyways, i think that she is a very underrated artist and that she should be exposed in museums all over the world. she tryly has a unique style which is pretty tough to achieve in the second part of the 20th century.

after all this shit ends, i'll try (for real this time) to make her a show in europe or the us. it is a pitty that she is fraking out to be unemployed these days while sh'es a fucking great artist with 45 years of work behind her.
all this is said from a very objective point of view, for once.

thanks also from her part, because she only speaks french and won't be able to answer the comments she receives in english.

5:16 AM  

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