Ginane Makki Bacho

Born in Beirut in 1947, Ginane Makki Bacho is a painter and sculptor, whose work offers a unique perspective on the disruptive and brutal effects of the Lebanese civil war, all the while avoiding sensationalist violent imagery. Her attentiveness to narrative detail is reflected in her paintings, which borrow from collage techniques to piece together personal experiences with broader socio-political considerations. Similarly, her steel sculptural works are highly biographical, being rendered from the collected twisted shrapnel that nearly destroyed her Beirut apartment in 1982. The artist began her artistic training in Beirut where she received a BFA from the Lebanese American University, Beirut (1982), and later completed an MFA in Printmaking and Painting at the Pratt Institute, New York (1987).  She has held numerous solo exhibitions in Beirut, including a retrospective of her works at the French Cultural Center, Beirut (2005) and has also participated in group exhibitions in Lebanon, Kuwait, and Egypt.  Her work is held in public and private collections including the Centre Culturel Francais, Beirut, the Museum of Digne Les Bains, Cabo Frio Museum – Rio de Janeiro, the Arab League – Washington DC, and the Biblioteca Alexandrina – Egypt.