“As a woman, an artist, as a lover, as a mother, I had to figure out certain things about me. And my way to figure it out was to express it not with words, but with objects.” —Najla El Zein
Najla El Zein is a Lebanese designer based in Beirut. In Transition, her first exhibition at Friedman Benda – last day is tomorrow, April 6, 2019 – she includes three distinct series: Distortion, Fragmented Pillar, and Seduction, each playing with form and texture. In this video produced by our friends at Bower Blue, she talks about transitionary experiences she’s had, and how the Seduction series, in particular, relies on a symbiosis of shapes.