Born in 1967, Adlita Stephan is a lebanese artist who lives and works in Beirut. She holds a master’s degree in marketing and communication from the Ecole Superieure des Affaires (Beirut) and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Lebanese University. Her work on paper and mixed media on wood have attracted positive professional reviews locally and internationally.
Stephan’s work has been showcased in collective and individual exhibitions around the world: “Salon d’Automne de Montreal” (2001), “Salon d’Autumne” at Sursock Museum (2010, 2012, 2016 and 2018), “Visual Arts Forum” at the UNESCO (2012), “Beijing Biennale” (2015), “Bitasarrof” at the National Library of Beirut (2016), “Imago Mundi” at the Fondazione Benetton in Palermo (2017), “Break All Frames” at Beit Beirut (2018).
Stephan is represented by Galerie Janine Rubeiz where she participated in the collective exhibition “Clin d’oeil” in 2014 and held a solo one in 2015. Her work has been showcased by the gallery at Beirut Art Fair in 2014 and 2015 and at Abu Dhabi Art Fair in 2018.
About her work:
Reproduction and repetition are often associated with Memory either it is cultural, historical, or traumatic. Beginning with flowers and patterns, during the times of war in Lebanon, Adlita Stephan began to record on paper the uncertainties and instabilities of the world around her with meticulous marks that later consolidated into a minimal art, filled with personal warmth and anxiety. The artist surveys her intimate life, dreams, the every day, nightmares, and everything around her, but the secrets of this grammar are not available to the viewer; the spectator only sees the gate of mortality.
Through an elaborate theory of point and line, Stephan succeeds in translating physical displacement as a socio-political reality onto a plane of the personal and the intimate, where symmetrical rupture is a metaphor for the human condition under duress.
Thrown into the consciousness of the world, the viewer is awoken, for one last time, before descending into madness.