BEIRUT: Forced to flee Lebanon at the height of the Civil War, Lebanese artist Noha Balaa Sinno now sees Arabic calligraphy as a link to her cultural heritage and her past, and uses it as a way of maintaining ties with the life she left behind more than 25 years ago.
“You only need art to bring people together and make them understand each other,” she says. Now living in Los Angeles, Sinno says. “I missed all the visual things I used to see in my country: shapes, colors, old buildings. So I tried to reinvent them in my world.”
Her first solo show in Beirut, “Reshaping Letters,” which opened at Art Circle Thursday, is her 31-painting attempt to convey her emotions using only Arabic letters and geometric designs. She sees Arabic calligraphy as a way of overcoming cultural barriers, whether or not the audience speaks or reads Arabic.
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