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Saloua Raouda Choucair

Memory, Corrected

BY KEVIN JONES

LES PEINTRES CELEBRES 1 (detail), 1948–49, gouache on paper, 25 x 36 cm. Copyright Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation, Beirut. Courtesy Agial Art Gallery, Beirut.


 

As visitors to Tate Modern's 2013 show on Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair turned into the penultimate gallery, they were stopped in their tracks by a startling sight. Before them stood a rickety picture frame holding a grimy, mangled painting with a gaping, fist-sized hole at its center. Shards of glass dotted the surface, piercing the pockmarked canvas. A silent accomplice, the

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