b. 1960, Beirut, Lebanon; lives in Montreal, Canada Artist and architect Maha Nasrallah’s work pays homage to place. Working between Lebanon and Canada, Nasrallah reflects on intimate, everyday moments that...
b. 1960, Beirut, Lebanon; lives in Montreal, Canada
Artist and architect Maha Nasrallah’s work pays homage to place. Working between Lebanon and Canada, Nasrallah reflects on intimate, everyday moments that characterize her movement between homes. Her artwork Re-bounce: a personal diary in exile reflects on the feeling of exile, or self-exile of leaving Lebanon in times of crisis. She considers the dryer sheet as she washes her clothes in Montreal, missing family, friends, and home. Of this process she notes, “instead of hanging them out in the sun like we do in Beirut, we had to use the dryer. Each dryer session consumed one fabric softener sheet. When the sheet was recovered with the dry clothes I felt it would be a waste to throw it. Surely I could find a good use.”
Maha Nasrallah is an architect by profession. She has a private practice based in Beirut, and has been teaching part time at the school of Architecture at the American University of Beirut since 2003. She was awarded the Lebanese Architect Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2017. Also in 2017, she was awarded the first prize at the Age of Ceramics competition at MACAM (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum), Aalita, Lebanon. She participated in I Love You, Urgently, 21-39 Jeddah Arts (2020); 33rd Salon d'Automne, Sursock Museum, Beirut (2018); The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen, Jeddah 2018’.She is one of the co-founders of the Bkerzay Pottery Workshop that began in 2011 in Baakline, Lebanon, an eco-friendly conservation project. She is currently living in Montreal, Canada.