Tagreed Darghouth

Born in Saida in 1979, Tagreed Darghouth studied painting and sculpture at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Art.  She continued her studies at the Ecole Nationale Supériere des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and participated in the Summer Academy at Darat Al Funun in Amman, which was led by Syrian artist Marwan Kassab-Bachi. Her figurative acrylic paintings explore pressing socio-political issues – namely, the effects of cosmetic surgery on notions of beauty and the mistreatment of domestic workers in Lebanon. Her intimate and confessional portrait series, Mirror Mirror, depicts swollen and disfigured faces of men and women recovering from cosmetic surgery. Collectively these works carry an intensity that forces the viewer to reflect on their complicity in perpetuating normative claims on success and attraction.  Her provocatively titled acrylic paintings that deal with the encroaching threat of nuclear weapons, such as Nowhere To Hide (2015), further challenge the viewer to think about our current precarity, in which militarization and warfare have become commonplace “solutions” to global conflicts. Darghouth’s work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Beirut, Dubai, Qatar, Amman, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, North America, and France.