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Suha Shoman: JORDAN

Born in Jerusalem in 1944, works and lives in Jordan. Studied Law in Beirut and Paris.
Joined the Fahrelnissa Zeid Royal Institute of Fine Arts in 1976.

1988 – 1993 Initiated and directed the art program at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

1993 – Present Founder and President of Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation.

1991 – 1999 Member of the National Gallery Board.

1996 – 2001 Member of the Board of Abdel Hameed Shoman Foundation.

Participated in regional and international art exhibitions such as 7th Sharjah Biennial (2005), "Nafas" at Ifa Gallery Berlin and Stuttgart (2006), 2nd Singapore Biennial (2008) and "Masarat Palestine 2008" at Les Halles in Bruxelles. In 2009, participated in the 25th Alexandria Biennial for Mediterranean Countries as a guest artist.


installation: rocks and mixed media on canvas, 290 x 175cm, 1986-1996

> Photographs of Petra
> Of Time and Light (video)
> I am everywhere (video)
> Stop for God's Sake(video)



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Suha Shoman
2009 | Arabic and English texts by Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Sama Alshaibi, Ica Wahbeh, Pierre Cabanne, Noel Favreliere, Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Shaker Hassan Al Said, and May Muzaffar

Of time and light
2004 | Arabic, English and French texts by Fahrelnissa Zeid, Ica Wahbeh, Pierre Cabanne, Helen Khal, Wijdan Ali, Kamal Boullata, Noel Favreliere, Samia Halaby, Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Stephanie, Shaker Hassan Al Said, Abdoh Wazen, May Muzaffar, Asaad Oraibi among others.

Of time and sand
1997 | texts by Noel Favreliere and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra,

Galaxies d'Orient
1984 | texts by Fahrelnissa Zeid and Andre Parinaud

    Of time and Sand
By Pierre Cabanne 1999

Suha Shoman frees from the mineral night forms that she alone can see, giving life to their mysterious barrenness. Her eyes and hands guide her spirit in this world of stones, tombs, funeral chapels, caves, temples, now in ruin and deserted, that in Greek is named the Nabataean, the ancient Sela, the Rock; she is its chosen painter whose works have been destined to explore, ever since, in 1988, the legend of Petra, theme of her first exhibitions, inspired her, this impressive heterogeneous mixture of red sandstone set against the blue marble sky. She does not depict Petra, she carves its forms and forces out of the immemorial time where they had been inscribed, witnesses of a history and, above all, of a symbolism nourished by myths and beliefs, majestic wrecks of a life that vanished centuries ago.

    Suha Shoman's work is a successive memory landscape evolving from one cycle to the other, from the naturalism of her first paintings on canvas or paper to the expressive verticality where vibrant, abstract matter is treated in depth, reconciling spirituality and instinct under the sign of lyricism (Petra III).

Suha Shoman overcomes the impasse of simple transcription, she immerses herself in the stratified crumbled rocks, wrinkled, slashed by open wounds, sculpted by water and wind; during her existence, that took her from one part of the world to the other, she carried Petra's profound sense beyond its image. These rocks witnessed the birth, growth and fall of civilizations that have created the modern world. That is why Suha Shoman knows she is connected to them and why she perpetuates them in her paintings. Her creative act makes full use of space; her affective intensity is an expression of her desire to know.

Petra III | sand and mixed media on paper | 105 x 75 cm | 1995       

art book (mixed media on paper) | 20 x 33cm | 1995 

In order to better penetrate the space, she uses sand, piling it, mixing it, draining it and giving it the colour of its origins; her mixed techniques restore the geology of Petra's chaos, the land burnt by the sun and the stone which is at once matte and glowing. At times, in Suha Shoman's installations there is confrontation between the stillness of the rock fragments she picked on site and the movement of her creative act. It is through their extension and the resonance they stir in her that she understands and represents the landscape that set free the painter in her.

By Pierre Cabanne 1999 French Art Historian and Critic Among his publications on Contemporary art: " The Century of Picasso", "Duchamps and Cie", "Fautrier", "Cesar", "Arman", "Messagier", "Garouste". Translated from French by: Ica Webeh Editor Jordan Times

> Photographs of Petra
> Of Time and Light (video installation)
> I am everywhere (video installation)
> Stop for God's Sake (video installation)




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Notes by A. Elsaleh: Her grand father is:

أحمد حلمي عبد الباقي



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