Simone Fattal

Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist

  • June 2017  
  • 978-1-912122-00-4  
  • 240 x 320 mm  
  • PB 200 pp  
  • 114 colour 


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Simone Fattal: Watercolours depicts over 100 watercolour artworks made between 1972 and 2016, combining painting, collage and sculpture, by Paris-based, Lebanese artist Simone Fattal. These works are preceded by a discussion with artistic director of London’s Serpentine gallery Hans Ulrich Obrist, in which Fattal ruminates on her childhood in Damascus, her publishing company Post-Apollo Press and other recurring themes that continue to inspire her long-standing affinity with the watercolour medium.

Simone Fattal was born in Damascus and grew up in Lebanon. She studied philosophy at the Ecole des Lettres, Beirut, and then at the Sorbonne, Paris. In 1969, she returned to Beirut and started painting, eventually fleeing in 1980 with the outbreak of the civil war. Having moved to California, Fattal founded the Post-Apollo Press, a publishing house dedicated to innovative and experimental literary work. In 1988, she returned to artistic practice after enrolling at the Art Institute of San Francisco. Fattal’s oeuvre encompasses sculpture, ceramics, collage and painting. She lives and works in Paris, with her partner Etel Adnan.