Amale Freiha Khlat (b. 1972, Beirut Lebanon) is a Lebanese/British artist concerned with the everyday banality of the spectacle of war that surrounds us on our screens. Bringing in disparate elements from internet and videogame culture, Amale's work encompasses sculpture, video, sound and prints. Her research has been looking into translating and communicating her memory of war through various forms and objects. It encompasses multiple aspects with the imperative to always use destruction and creation which work from the void.
Her installations contemplate the theatre of the world through different scenes and windows, playing with the senses and perceptions of spectators and reminding them that looking is a relational act based on selection and exclusion.
Poetic rather than polemic, whilst retaining its political force, her tactic for fostering critical distance whilst having an emotional resonance, allows the viewer to see current events from a different perspective, an essential tool in a media saturated world.
1995 BA (high honors) from l’École Superieure d’Arts Graphiques Penninghen in Paris, France.
2010 Sculpture Diploma from the Heatherley Art School in London, UK.
2018 MA (distinction) from the Royal College of Art, School of Arts & Humanities, Print , London, UK.
Amale currently lives and works in London.
Exhibitions and Awards
Upcoming events 2019: 404 Error - Resistance of the Digital Age, Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester. Gilbert Bayes Award, The Royal Society of Sculptures London, UK.
2018, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London,UK. RCA Secret, London,UK. Surface DEEP, Robert Burt Gallery, London, UK. Blue Horses, The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK. SHOW 18, Royal College of Art, London, UK. Hold your horses, hold them and never let them go, CGP Gallery, London, UK. 2017, So Many Things Happened Today 2, Kingsgate Project Space, Millimetre 02, London, UK. RCA Secret, London, UK. Bapor Tabo(o), Art Licks Weekend, London, UK. Network, RAGE Collective, Movement Gallery, Worcester, UK. Odious Smell of Truth, RAGE Collective, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK. Freshly squeezed, CGP Gallery, London, UK. Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK. 2011, Through the Eyes of a Child, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. 2004, Lebanon: the artist’s view II, Cork street gallery, London, UK. 2003, See life differently, The Life Center, Holland Park underground station, London, UK. 1996, Être, Galerie Rochane, Beirut, Lebanon.
2018 Gilbert Bayes Award, the Royal Society of Sculptures, London, UK 2011 Finalist: Arte Laguna Prize, Nappe Arsenal, Venice, Italy. 1995 Finalist: LVMH Young Artists’ Award, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France.