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Chaouki Choukini, Blessure de Gaza, 2009, Chêne/Oak, 80 x 35 x 15 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Blessure de Gaza, 2009

Chêne/Oak, 80 x 35 x 15 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Blessure de Gaza (detail), 2009

Chaouki Choukini, Blessure de Gaza (detail), 2009

Chaouki Choukini, Chardon, 2015, Sipo, 161 x 58 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Chardon, 2015

Sipo, 161 x 58 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Chardon (detail), 2015

Chaouki Choukini, Chardon (detail), 2015

Chaouki Choukini, Improvisation, 2019, Sipo, 77 x 32 x 14 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Improvisation, 2019

Sipo, 77 x 32 x 14 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Improvisation (detail), 2019

Chaouki Choukini, Improvisation (detail), 2019

Chaouki Choukini, Poetry in Wood, 2016, Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016

Chaouki Choukini, Poetry in Wood, 2016

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016

Chaouki Choukini, Lyrique, 2011, Iroko, 160 x 55 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Lyrique, 2011

Iroko, 160 x 55 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Tournesols A, 2014, Acajou/Mahogany, 141 x 76 x 38 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Tournesols A, 2014

Acajou/Mahogany, 141 x 76 x 38 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Edith, Petite Fleur, 2000 - 2005, Wangué/Wenge, 130 x 40 x 20 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Edith, Petite Fleur, 2000 - 2005

Wangué/Wenge, 130 x 40 x 20 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Monocorde, 2009, Cèdre/Cedar, 90 x 23 x 9.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Monocorde, 2009

Cèdre/Cedar, 90 x 23 x 9.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Colonne, 1983, Wangué/Wenge, 82 x 33 x 13 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Colonne, 1983

Wangué/Wenge, 82 x 33 x 13 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Transcendance 2, 2013, Wangué/Wenge, 103 x 39.5 x 19.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Transcendance 2, 2013

Wangué/Wenge, 103 x 39.5 x 19.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Tour, 2016, Bubinga, 57.5 x 24 x 17 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Tour, 2016

Bubinga, 57.5 x 24 x 17 cm

Chaouki Choukini, La Vache, 1977, Iroko, 130 x 68 x 60 cm

Chaouki Choukini, La Vache, 1977

Iroko, 130 x 68 x 60 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Sans titre (Untitled), 1978, Bois, Approx. 35 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Sans titre (Untitled), 1978

Bois, Approx. 35 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Paysage au Claire de Lune, 1979, Wangué/Wenge, 63.5 x 59.5 x 28 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Paysage au Claire de Lune, 1979

Wangué/Wenge, 63.5 x 59.5 x 28 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Lieu 2, 2014, Noyer, 83 x 62.5 x 56 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Lieu 2, 2014

Noyer, 83 x 62.5 x 56 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Nu Paysage, 1972, Iroko, 30 x 90 x 24 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Nu Paysage, 1972

Iroko, 30 x 90 x 24 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Désert, 2009, Iroko, 29 x 67 x 17.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Désert, 2009

Iroko, 29 x 67 x 17.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Un pont, un projectile, ou un Arc-en-ciel, 1976, Iroko, Approx. 120 x 90 x 70 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Un pont, un projectile, ou un Arc-en-ciel, 1976

Iroko, Approx. 120 x 90 x 70 cm

Chaouki Choukini, L’heure de Midi, 1977, Wangué/Wenge, 50 x 50 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, L’heure de Midi, 1977

Wangué/Wenge, 50 x 50 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Piano, 1978 - 1979, Wangué/Wenge, 103 x 144 x 143 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Piano, 1978 - 1979

Wangué/Wenge, 103 x 144 x 143 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Semailles, 1976, Iroko, 76 x 44 x 29

Chaouki Choukini, Semailles, 1976

Iroko, 76 x 44 x 29

Chaouki Choukini, Structures organiques, 1977, Acajou/Mahogany, 120 x 120 x 65 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Structures organiques, 1977

Acajou/Mahogany, 120 x 120 x 65 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Arbre, 1978, Wangué/Wenge, 140 x 110 x 70 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Arbre, 1978

Wangué/Wenge, 140 x 110 x 70 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Couple, 1971, Plâstre/Plaster, 50 x 15 x 18 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Couple, 1971

Plâstre/Plaster, 50 x 15 x 18 cm

Chaouki Choukini, L’Huma, 1973, Plâstre/Plaster, Approx. 300 cm

Chaouki Choukini, L’Huma, 1973

Plâstre/Plaster, Approx. 300 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Paysage Decoupé recomposé 6, 1992, Watercolor on paper, 25 x 30 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Paysage Decoupé recomposé 6, 1992

Watercolor on paper, 25 x 30 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Paysage Decoupé recomposé 9, 1991, Watercolor on paper, 30 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Paysage Decoupé recomposé 9, 1991

Watercolor on paper, 30 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Citadelle 2, 1989, Pencil and watercolor on paper, 24 x 38.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Citadelle 2, 1989

Pencil and watercolor on paper, 24 x 38.5 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Désert 5, 1992, Watercolor on paper, 27.5 x 40 cm

Chaouki Choukini, Désert 5, 1992

Watercolor on paper, 27.5 x 40 cm

Biography

Video still of Chaouki Choukini, Art Dubai Portraits, 2018. Courtesy of Art Dubai and Forward James

Since the late 1960s, Chaouki Choukini has developed an astoundingly consistent aesthetic worldview. His sculptural works, mainly in wood but occasionally in marble or stone, range from horizontal Lieux and Paysages to upright, anthropomorphic, almost totemic figures. At first glance, the works may appear somewhat primitivist. A closer look, however, reveals a sophisticated interrogation of organic and mechanical worlds, where curvaceous mounds are punctuated by a regiment of pegs, or undulating bases bristle with teeth-like crags. Discursively, Choukini layers an eerie latency into his works: mazes of slits, recesses, and multi-level cavities evoke some vanished human presence on the tense horizon line; the ubiquitous “cord” is a taut yet silent marker of dormant sound.

Installation view of Chaouki Choukini, 2019 at Green Art Gallery, Dubai. Photo by Anna Shtraus

Born in 1946 in Choukine, Lebanon, Chaouki Choukini received his degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris in 1972. He was awarded the Prix de la Jeune Sculpture in 1978, followed by the Taylor Foundation Prize in 2010. He was also awarded the Prix de la Fondation Pierre Gianadda, from de l’Academie des Beaux Arts, France in 2015.

Choukini has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Choukini: 10 Recent Sculptures, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France (2020); Chaouki Choukini, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2019); Le monde arabe vu par ses artistes, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2018); Beloved Bodies, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2017), Poetry in Wood, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE, (2016), Portrait de l'Oiseau qui n’existe pas, Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, France (2014); Tajreed (Arab Abstract Art), Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait (2013); Le Corps decouvert, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2012); International Aswan Sculpture Symposium, Cairo Biennial, Egypt (1997); Paris Sculpture, Centre de Sculpture Contemporaine, Paris, France (1973).

His recent monograph, Corpus, was published in November 2019 with Kaph Books, Beirut. He lives and works in Paris, France.

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