Curtains of war
April 20 2020
El Khoury's work mainly consists of urban art interventions ranging from drawings on building and murals to diverse public art installations, aiming to highlight and tackle social and political subjects. He devotes his artwork to express messages that he can relate to as an individual and a member of the society in general and as a Lebanese citizen in particular. Through the ‘Single Man’ character, he explores the different reactions of a young man trying to find himself among the surrounding society represented by the ‘Potato Nose’ characters. He also uses those characters and colors to transform war traces left by the Lebanese civil war on buildings in Beirut in an attempt to erase the bad memories. He believes these public art interventions will reach and communicate with viewers on a personalized level. He also uses different materials in his installations that people can relate to, like the curtains installed on ‘Burj El Hawa’ that are usually seen in poor and crowded neighborhoods of Beirut. The main aim of his work is to convey hope, happiness, and positivity wherever it reaches, especially in areas where it is most needed.
Presented By: The Artist
Jad El Khoury
Born in 1988 in Baabda, Lebanon, Jad El Khoury is a street artist and interior architect living and working in Kuwait. He is best known for his fictitious characters, referred to as Potato Nose, which includes a series of doodled cartoon characters drawn in black outline with exaggerated yet simple features. The characters he draws are inspired by the people he has met through his travels or drawn from his imagination, yet they are always rooted in the broader socio-political context in which he works. His War Peace intervention saw El Khoury draw his large-scale across damaged buildings and architectural structures across Beirut, highlighting the bullet holes and destroyed infrastructure, at the same time reframing the residues of war with an alternative narrative – one that he hopes will bring joy rather than disaster.