Yassin Dynasty is a series of porcelain works depicting several battles from the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) produced in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China. The project is derivative from the work China (2012), which was made possible with the support of the Abraaj Group Art Prize. The Yassin Dynasty works are part-beautiful object, part-historical document, and part-mass-produced product. They echo the ancient tradition of recording victories at battle on vases and ceramics for the sake of posterity, and suggest that countless objects painted by different porcelain masters are being reproduced under the same fictional “dynasty”. The battles detailed on the works on display are ones that were instrumental for territorial, demographic, and political shifts in Lebanon, and their ramifications are still tangible today. The works also embody the image of a Chinese decorative readymade object that could possibly be found in any Lebanese home. This merging between traditional, historical, and artisanal elements creates a conceptually complex and multi-layered work.
Raed Yassin, June 2013
b. 1979, Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in Beirut. He graduated from the Theatre Department of the Institute of Fine Arts of Beirut in 2003. An artist and musician, Yassin’s work often originates from an examination of his personal narratives and their workings within a collective history, through the lens of consumer culture and mass production. Yassin is one of the organizers of IRTIJAL Festival, and has released 12 music albums, and founded the production company Annihaya in 2009. He is also a founding member of “Atfal Ahdath”, a Beirut based art collective. He has exhibited and performed his work in numerous museums, festivals and venues, including the Singapore Art Museum (2013) • Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2013) • Beirut Art Center (2013) • New Museum, New York (2012) • Kalfayan Galleries, Athens (2011) • Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (2011) • Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011) • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011) • Delfina Foundation, London (residency program, 2010/2011) • Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010). Awards and grants: Abraaj Group Art Prize (2012), Fidus Prize (2009), AFAC grant for production (2010), YATF grant for production (2008 & 2012) and the Cultural Resource grant for production (2008). Raed Yassin is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.