Rumi Dalle Artist Edition9 Nov 2021
Each quarter, the Cultivist collaborates with an artist to create an edition that is gifted to new and renewing members. Focusing on artists who work in emerging markets, we hope that by bringing their work to you we can shine a light on the artists themselves and also the cities within which they work as fertile ground for artistic production and innovation. This fall, the Cultivist worked with the incredible Rumi Dalle to produce a beautiful work reflecting on the horrific explosion in Beirut last summer. Read below for more about the edition and Dalle's work.
About the Artist: Rumi Dalle
Rumi Dalle, winner of the 2016 Boghossian Foundation Prize, is difficult to categorize—a collector, a designer, an artist—her installations demonstrate craftsmanship and a fascination with materiality. She has traveled worldwide to learn disappearing crafts from local artisans. As an installation artist, Dalle experiments by merging different materials and cultural traditions. Archiving ancient traditions while translating them for a new generation, Dalle is both artist and archivist, preserving and reimagining craftsmanship for the contemporary audience.
About the Work: Once Upon a Time in Beirut
In response to the explosion that occurred in Beirut on August 4th, 2020, Dalle repurposed materials found during the aftermath to create Once Upon a Time in Beirut. From the shattered stained glass found at Linda Sursock’s Palace to the marble remains of St. Demetrius Cemetery, Dalle created compositions by experimenting with these unconventional materials. As an artist concerned with emotional impact, Dalle’s edition conjures up the memories and histories of different locations in Beirut.