Fattal's works run through the liminal spaces between being and becoming, between remembering and forgetting. Like incantations, they summon what has been left behind in order to unsettle the present. And like archaeological remnants, they instruct us about the past.
Excerpt of Simone Fattal: 'Warriors and Poets' of Simone Fattal: Works and Days MoMA PS1 Exhibition Catalogue (p.13), by Ruba Katrib (2019)
Simone Fattal was born in 1942 in Damascus (Syria) and lived her early life in Beirut (Lebanon). After studying philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, she returned to Beirut in 1969 to begin her career as a painter.
She lives with poet and artist Etel Adnan, with whom she left to California in 1980, to escape the turmoil in Lebanon. There, Fattal enrolled in The Art Institute of California, developing her works in clay and ceramics.
Simone Fattal currently lives and works Paris.
Fattal's work has been exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and foundations. In 2019 a retrospective of her work, Works and Days, was presented at the Museum of Modern Art's MoMA PS1, where some of these works were present.