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Najla El Zein: Transition

February 28 - April 6, 2019

Friedman Benda, New York, NY

Najla El Zein: Transition - Exhibitions

Friedman Benda is pleased to announce Transition, Beirut-based designer Najla El Zein’s first solo exhibition. This marks the debut presentation of three series: DistortionFragmented Pillar and Seduction. Organic and gestural, these objects act as varied embodiments of El Zein’s personal journey.

 

Alluding to the pregnant form, Distortion illustrates various stages of the body’s transformation. Demonstrated in a series of concrete benches, this body of work explores how this impact is experienced through material and spatial composition. These highly-contoured silhouettes create a surrealist sense of dislocation, while embracing the sense of femininity and sensuality.

 

“Fragmented Pillar symbolizes the disturbance of one’s foundation. Strong, erect and imposing, the pillar is the mother structure of any given entity. A disruption as such, results in the fragility of the pillar’s fundamental function, characterized by its revealed fragments,” El Zein states. Through a series of interactive sculptures made of plaster and sand, the series explores the physical and emotional disorder through the disturbance of one’s foundation.

 

Lastly, Seduction depicts human interaction and connection between figures in varying degrees of proximity. Synthesizing abstraction and representation, these stone-sculpted forms explore a range of states from introversion to desire. 

 

About Najla El Zein

Najla El Zein was born in Beirut in 1983. She graduated from Ecole Camondo, Paris, France in Product Design and Interior Architecture. Her work has been exhibited at numerous public institutions, and most recently at the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition Women + Design: New Works (October 28, 2018 - February 17, 2019). El Zein’s pieces have been acquired by museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Dallas Museum of Art for their permanent collections. El Zein currently lives and works in Beirut.

 

 

 

NAJLA EL ZEIN - Artists
Najla El Zein: Transition - Publications
In Conversation with Najla El Zein
In Conversation with Najla El Zein
A Magazine
June/July 2019
Transformation of Life
Transformation of Life
Harper's Bazaar Arabia
Spring 2019
Lebanese Design with a Spring in Its Step
Lebanese Design with a Spring in Its Step
Cedar Wings Magazine
April 2019
Najla El Zein: Transition
Najla El Zein: Transition
TL Magazine
March 20, 2019
Designer of the Day: Najla El Zein
Designer of the Day: Najla El Zein
Surface Magazine
March 5, 2019
Najla El Zein's "Sensual" Furniture Goes on Show i...
Najla El Zein's "Sensual" Furniture Goes on Show in New York
dezeen
March 4, 2019
Post-Pregnancy Contemplation in Najla El Zein’s...
Post-Pregnancy Contemplation in Najla El Zein’s Furniture Series
Domus
March 4, 2019
One to Watch: Personal History
One to Watch: Personal History
Architectural Digest
March 2019
The Year in Exhibitions
The Year in Exhibitions
Metropolis
Nov/Dec 2018
Curves Ahead
Curves Ahead
Interior Design
November 2017
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