Out of their comfort zone, artists who paint together naturally share the secrets of their practice while inevitably getting mutually influenced and challenged; when inhibition is lost, lightning strikes.
The Sleeping Productions are public live painting experiments by established and emerging, academics and outsider artists that typically last for a month. The participating artists immerse themselves for continuous 30 days in a pop-up shared studio in order to produce work on paper, all the while opening up their artistic process to the public. Since its founding in Beirut 2019, the collective has done 4 productions with 10 Lebanese and Syrian artists.
Browse selections from each production and get in touch for more.
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New World, New Logic
Artistic marriage between Fadi El Chamaa & Semaan Khawam
Jul 7 until September 5, 2020.
July 7th, 2020
In the face of a changed world, both El Chamaa and Khawam felt the need to connect with each other and the world again. When everyone was adapting to social distancing, the artists were finding ways to get closer together through an artistic marriage. When everyone was adapting to the digital world, El Chamaa and Khawam are ready to leave it. "I'm sick of creating art works with the concept of a Jpeg in mind," said El Chamaa. Both Fadi and Semaan logged off from their social media platforms. They started collaborating on a painting over the course of 21 days.
August 4th, 2020
The journey of creating the largest piece made and signed by both artists, was interrupted by the Beirut Blast, the 3rd largest explosion in the history of humanity that devastated Beirut on August 4th, 2020. These are moments shared between Semaan and Fadi in Semaan's studio located in Dora, Lebanon.
Septemer 5th, 2020
One month later, the artists found themselves with a piece that strangely embodies two periods in time: pre-blast and post.
Fadi El Chamaa
& Semaan Khawam
Lea Skayem @leahskayem
Works on Paper
All works on this website have been created during productions and are all original works on Schut acid-free cotton 350 gm paper.
Previously named Sleeping With The Enemy Production, The Sleeping Productions might pop up in your city anytime. To know more about where we’ve already “made our beds,” check our stories here, here, here, and here.
This initiative is administered by Fadi el Chamaa.
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