Christine Safa is a French artist born to Lebanese parents. She graduated in 2018 from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and continues to live and work in the city. Her practice is informed by her Lebanese roots, and more specifically by her connection to Beirut, where she spent long periods during her childhood and where she frequently returns to visit.
Her paintings speak of family and home from a distance. Conveying remembered sensations and stories retold orally by her parents, Safa integrates family memories with extensive research into the historical period of those memories. She draws from geopolitical texts, poetry, essays, and her own travels in the Middle East. In addition to capturing a sense of home, Safa seeks to represent unique elements of the landscape and atmosphere encountered in Lebanon, focusing light and air as it envelops faces and bodies, and as it is reflected by, or submerged in, the Mediterranean Sea.
Christine Safa’s first institutional solo exhibition is currently on show at the ICA Milano (C’era l’acqua, ed io da sola, 18th January- 6th March 2022). She comes to Sapling for her first showcase in London after a first solo exhibition at Praz-Delavallade in Paris (L’habitude du ciel, 6 Nov 2021-15 January 2022). In 2021, Safa was also included in Horizons, a group exhibition curated by Etel Adnan at Lévy Gorvy gallery, in Paris.