Afterimage, Ayyam Gallery's Khalid Samawi asked Makki Bacho for very personal paintings: her memoirs. To meet this challenge, the artist ended up using photographs of her family and select locations, which she painted over stylistically.
"This is not the first time I've used myself as a model" she explained, "It makes it much easier to express feeling and I am my most available subject."
Exploring her artistic style, Makki Bacho explained "I've worked all mediums and all techniques. I have no preferences, it's just a matter of mood." In fact, Makki Bacho is currently working on a series of cedar sculptures, calling them her "catharsis".
In this particular piece, Makki Bacho painted over a picture of her father, placing a map of Hamra street in the background of the now extinct Cafe Horseshoe. "Horseshoe tells about all the good times" she explained.
3. Beirut International Airport
Makki Bacho enthused that her collection is meant to appeal to people of multiple generations, but most especially to the Lebanese. "It tells through me about my generation, about my city," she remarked. "We were so proud to be Lebanese; Beirut was such an important city."
This painting features both Makki Bacho and her then-husband; "We were smiling on the balcony and waving to the traveling people", she said, looking fondly at her work.
4. The Pigeon
Having lived in France, Lebanon and several places in the States, Makki Bacho was often at odds with her identity as a Lebanese. In fact, she left her home country several times and came back, "always hoping it would get better."
"I feel attached to my country," she explained, "I know so many people who left and never came back... but being home... well, there's good and bad."
5. At Peace
Reveling in the serenity of art, Makki Bacho conveyed her notion that inner peace was the fruit of all her labor. "I believe if I am here [Lebanon] it is for a reason," she said, "regardless of what's happening in Lebanon, I have to have peace with myself."
"I speak with all my heart, like I do my paintings," remarked Makki Bacho. "It's not the final result that matters, it's the process."
6. I Hate War
"I have many favorite pieces," commented Makki Bacho, "but the one I cherish most is the one where I was a little girl -- it shows how I grew up." Though that particular piece will not be showing at Ayyam Gallery, it--along with the entire collection of 24 paintings--will be available in Makki Bacho's catalogue.
Another of her favorite pieces, and the cover of the aforementioned catalogue, I Hate War is Makki Bacho's testament to the decades of wars she has lived throughout her life. "I love this piece; It's very powerful", she remarked "All my life was about war, whether I was following it or living it."
"Older generations can identify what they went through with my work," she further explained, "and the new generation will see the past."
A Lebanese photographer, painter, sculptor and mother, Ginane Makki Bacho is a renowned Beirut-based artist who's artwork has been featured all over the world. Culminating a roller-coaster career interrupted by intercontinental moves and raising her four sons, Makki Bacho's latest--yet certainly not last--collection is currently headlined at Ayyam Gallery.
Titled " Afterimage", the collection is a series of 12 paintings that reflect Makki Bacho's life memoirs, and are thus much more personal than her previous works. Combining her passion for photography and for painting, Makki Bacho's memoirs extend far past her commissioned set of 15; she went on to make a total of 24 paintings and remarks that she "may continue" creating them in the future.