FOUAD ELKOURY | OUM KOULTHUM
ink-jet print on Baryta paper
sheet: 60 by 90cm.; 23 5/8 by 35 1/2 in.
framed: 62 by 91.5cm.; 24 1/4 by 36in.
Executed in 1990, this work is number 3 from an edition of 5 plus 2 Artist's proof.
This work is in very good condition.
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The Third Line, Dubai
Fouad Elkoury, Suite Egyptien, Arles 1999, p. 16, illustrated / in colour
Born in Paris, Fouad Elkoury (b. 1952, Lebanon) earned a degree in architecture in London in 1979 but later turned to photography, producing a report on daily life in Lebanon. He divided his time between Paris and Beirut.
Notably, Elkoury covered the Israeli invasion of Beirut in 1982 with the resulting pictures appearing in Libération among many other publications. In 1984, he published Beyrouth Aller-Retour, a book on the life of a war-torn city. The following year he turned his lens to the Egyptian cinema, while simultaneously undertaking a series of portraits of Arab authors. He went on to develop a sustained interest in photographing cities: Rome, Amman and Djibouti.
Elkoury has held numerous solo exhibitions internationally including, The Lost Empire, Galerie Tanit, Munich (2015); Suite Egyptienne, Galerie Tanit, Beirut (2015); The Lost Empire, The Third Line, Dubai (2014); Le plus beau jour, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris (2014); 'Be....longing' Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2011) and What Happened to my Dreams?, Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris (2010).
Selected group exhibitions include, Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love? Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2016); Do It, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2016); Migrantes en el arte contemporaneo, Centro de Art Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires (2015); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York (2014); The Sea is my Land, MAxxi, Rome (2013); Roundatable, 9th Gwanju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); On war and love, 52nd Venice Biennale (Lebanese Pavilion), Venice (2007) and Les peintres de la vie moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2006).
Significantly, in 1991 he took part in two collective series: first on the site of Petra, Jordan and the second in downtown Beirut capturing the aftermath of war. The later was published in an album Beirut City Centre by Editions du Cyprès, Paris and presented in an exhibition at the Paris Palais de Tokyo (1993). The book has since become a landmark in the history of photography. The project inspired a series of personal works on Charles de Gaulle airport and the divided city of Nicosia. In 1997, Elkoury co-created the Beirut based Arab Image Foundation, an organization that seeks to archive and preserve photography from the region while also making the medium more accessible.
Elkoury’s works are part of permanent collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and Solidere, Beirut.
He currently lives between Paris and Beirut.