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 John Jurayj  (1968 - )

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Biography from Sotheby's Doha:
John Jurayj is an emerging Lebanese-American artist, whose works are directly inspired by his war-torn homeland.  Jurayj’s work often utilizes the devastated landscapes of Beirut and its demolished architecture, layering skeletal structures with smears and smudges of garishly neon paint.  His use of pop or neon colors and reflective surfaces entice the viewer, confronting them with the uncomfortable dance of aesthetics and violence. 

Jurayj has stated, "My interest is to crack or shatter the image, to disrupt its accepted passivity.  Thus the holes, the mirrors, the turning the image on its side into a Rorschach, the negative inversion of the original image, are all strategies of rupture and recuperation to activate that which has become passive.  These actions introduce radical subjectivity (locating the self and its contingencies) into a field that is masquerading as objective or fact."

Jurayj tackles a wide range of topics via his work, specifically the impact of his cultural heritage and turbulent political background upon his identity.  He explores his experiences as an Arab-American artist, straddling vast cultural and continental divides.  Notions of nationalism, exile, familial expectations, trauma and the fluidity of personal identity are fundamental to his practice.  His artworks are consequently a complex narrative of the interwoven relationship between the Arab world and the West.

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