Edition of 10, Edition of 20
30 x 39'', 39 x 53''
Hell 1 by Lara Zankoul
“Symmetry” is an aesthetically treated and symbolic representation of the cycles of being and becoming.
Underlying the representation is a constant rappel to the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang and the cyclical nature of an esoteric duality. The interrelation and dynamics of the polar opposites are represented in seven parts as symbol of the fundamentally divine nature of the medium. While the visual focus is mostly Taoist, the series borrows religious, mythological and esoteric symbols to represent the one wisdom underlying all knowledge. Symmetry, the name of the piece, is a constant theme in the series both in its colors, its gender, its gravitation around its centerpiece and the placements of the objects in the photos. Most importantly though, symmetry is strongly emphasized in using the same visual representation of the opening and the closure of the piece pointing to an infinite cycle constantly repeating itself but forming the illusion of moving forward.
While the main theme is a spiritual and philosophical point of view that borrows from many disciplines, the message of the work should not be confused for static one. The choice of 7 is related to its frequent appearance in nature such as the seven musical notes, the seven colors of a rainbow, the seven days of creation, and so on. Other fractions of the pieces such as the middle five photos could represent the evolutionary psychological series such as the five stages of grief. The onlooker could find the naturally recurrent pattern of seven reflective of multiple personal experiences well adapted to his perception of the message of the piece.
Lara Zankoul, is an interdisciplinary artist based in Beirut, Lebanon.
Her work captures everyday human behavior and issues that occur within society through photographic media. The aim is to invite the viewers to come up with their own interpretation and understanding of the photographs and the stories behind them. Her signature work not only stands out in its conceptual identity, but also in its timelessness.
As a self-taught photographer, Zankoul’s work is heavily based on experimentation and world building within her photographs in order to create moments and craft them rather than just document them.
She has been featured in a number of exhibitions: locally, in group and solo exhibitions in Ayyam Gallery and Art Lounge, Beirut. On an international scale, she has been showcased in the Guy Hepner Gallery in New York and HEIST Gallery in London.