Charbel Samuel Aoun

“I seek the poetics of the medium through its tragic story” 


I think it’s a quote capable of grouping both dimensions I work on, the social and the environmental, both containing a lot of poetry but also with a tragic potential and conditions. It’s interesting to explore the potential of a medium as per the physical and scientific reality – lived stories (spatio-temporal conditions) – and also the relation to the mental space of the viewer (either evoking memories or offering a space for imaginary interpretations).


Lebanese artist Charbel Samuel Aoun, was born in 1980 and began his career as a conceptual designer. A profession he chose after earning a Master’s degree in architecture in 2004. During the following five years, Aoun worked as a conceptual designer in several architectural firms in Beirut, where he also explored the fields of audiovisual and theatre. 


In his work he combines his education as an architect and his passion for nature, experimenting with different materials and elements. He thereby creates a system that both examines and questions social and environmental realities. Aoun’s artistic universe unites various aspects and experiences throughout his life journey, with one heavily centering around his garden. The artist believes that the concept of a physical studio with a specific geographical location does not directly resemble the diversity and dynamic nature of itself. Aoun considers that a mobile and versatile studio is more suited given this day and age, due to residing amongst a time of constant movement and development surrounding our economy.