GA TALK 026 “SCULPTURE AND STORYTELLING” by Rayyane Tabet (Artist)

Friday, September 1, 2006 (2006-2019)


“On the morning of Friday September 1st, 2006, I went to buy a cup of coffee from a shop on Third Avenue and 7th Street in Manhattan. As I was waiting for it, I noticed that someone has left their copy of The New York Times on the counter. The front page showed a photograph of trucks filled with debris from various sites around Beirut slowly making their way to dump the rubble into the sea and produce a makeshift mountain. Close by stood an advertising billboard that featured Pigeon Rocks -two huge natural landmarks off the coast of Beirut that are a popular tourist destination and have become national symbols. The caption read: ‘A River of Rubble From the War in Lebanon.’
On my way out, I stole the paper. ”

For the past 15 years, Rayyane Tabet has produced work that investigates the relationship between accidental encounters, geopolitical events and object making. In this talk he will reflect on his process and expand on questions related to his vested interests in sculpture and storytelling.

About the Talk

Time/Date:9:00-10:30 2021.1.13.(WED)
Admission:Free (Booking required)

*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.
*Information to access the online talk will be informed via email in advance.
*English>Japanese consecutive translation available.
*Video link of the talk will be available for a limited time. Those who would like further information, please apply from the booking form below.

Organized by:Kyoto University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

About the Speaker

Rayyane Tabet is an artist who lives and works between Beirut and San Francisco. Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Tabet explores stories that offer an alternative understanding of major socio-political events through individual narratives. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, his work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance. His most recent and upcoming solo shows include the Sharjah Art Foundation, Walker Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Louvre Museum, Carré d’Art in Nîmes, Kunstverein in Hamburg, and Kunstinstituut Melly (former Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art). His work was featured in the 7th Yokohama Triennial, Lahore Biennial 2, Manifesta 12, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 15th Istanbul Biennial, the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, the 6th Marrakech Biennale, the 10th & 12th Sharjah Biennial, and the 2nd New Museum Triennial.


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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of the Arts, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding.

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of the Arts is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.


Cyprus (2015), from the series:Five Distant Memories: The Suitcase, The Room, The Toys, The Boat and Maradona(2006-2016)

The Dead Sea in Three Parts (2013)

Colosse aux Pieds d’Argile (2015)