Simone Fattal was born in Damascus, raised in Lebanon and currently resides in Paris. In 1969 she began working as a visual artist, exhibiting her paintings until the start of the Lebanese Civil War. In 1988 she enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute, dedicating her time to a newfound interest in sculpture and ceramics. Her work is included in several public collections, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ), Doha.
Maqam I, Maqam II, Maqam III by Simone Fattal
This installation by Simone Fattal is located in the Al Zubarah desert, inspired by Qatar’s natural landscape and history.
For Maqam, Simone Fattal created three granite sculptures with a manifold shape that can be perceived at once as a dune or a tent.
These shapes, appearing both natural and man-made, coalesce in Fattal’s contemporary structures, deeply connecting them with the archetypes present in the landscape and history of Qatar. The sculptures were fabricated in Brittany, France, and shipped to Qatar. The local blue granite was especially selected by the artist for the works to stand out in the naturally pink surroundings, providing a visual landmark.
Gates to the Sea by Simone Fattal
Shadows Travelling on the Sea of the Day by Olafur Eliasson
Slug Turtle, TemplEarth by Ernesto Neto