ATHR GALLERY is delighted to announce the exhibition WEHE, curated by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, for a first collaboration with the gallery. Bellavance-Lecompte is the co-founder of Carwan Gallery (Beirut) and Nomad Design and Art Fair (Monaco, St Moritz and Venice) and has recently been appointed the Artistic Director of the Bronze Foundry Battaglia in Milan.
The exhibition will gather a collective of artists, designers and architects specialised in collectible design from the region with new commissions of bronze works produced by the Foundry. WEHE explores the meaning of primordiality and its connection to the desert environment. Oasis dwellings in particular, with their unique geographic context and the preservation of old traditions from local inhabitants, combine concepts of modern living with technology and primordial lifestyle. A balance is set between a contemporary understanding of the world and an environment surrounded by essential and meaningful objects, together generate a ritual. The word WEHE comes from Ancient Egyptian language and means a “dwelling place”, WEHE is also the origin of the word waaha in Arabic and “oasis” in Greek.
The exhibition explores the idea of how objects could inhabit an imaginary primordial dwelling and generate a ritual. The ritual should take shape in the idea of entering a form of contemporary shelter, a place one would like to find after a journey and interact with very few but unique objects.
Taher Asad-Bakhtiari, Flavie Audi, Bahraini-Danish, BrickLab, Omar Chakil, Karen Chekerdjian, Ghaith&Jad, Rasha Nawam AND Mary-Lynn Massoud, Carlo Massoud AND Anastasia Nysten.