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Tagreed Darghouth was born in Saida, Lebanon, in 1979. In 2000 she received diplomas in painting and art education from the Lebanese University and Lebanese Teachers Institution, respectively. In...

Written by WAFA ROZ

Tagreed Darghouth was born in Saida, Lebanon, in 1979. In 2000 she received diplomas in painting and art education from the Lebanese University and Lebanese Teachers Institution, respectively. In the summers of 2000 and 2001, Darghouth participated in the Ayloul Summer Academy at, Jordan. The program was led by celebrated Syrian modernist Marwan Kassab BaChi (1934-2016), who had a significant impact on the young artist. In 2002, she moved to Paris to study Space Art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Art Décoratifs. She returned to Lebanon in 2003 to resume teaching at various public schools before committing solely to painting in 2007. 

Darghouth depicted the strife she witnessed during the 2006 Lebanon War with Israel in Falling Parts, her second solo exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Beirut (2006). Borrowing conceptually from Marwan’s Marionette series, the exhibition featured paintings of deconstructed dolls symbolizing the violence that occurred throughout the conflict. It was through this exhibition that the Lebanese gallerist Saleh Barakat saw Darghouth’s talent and invited her to exhibit at Agial Gallery in Beirut. 

Most of Darghouth’s work reflects on the feebleness of humanity by engaging popular culture and socio-political issues. In Mirror Mirror! 2008, she explored the relationship between plastic surgery and societal conceptions of beauty. She then painted domestic helpers for her 2010 exhibition Fair and Lovely, which commented on racial tensions and oppressive power dynamics between workers and their employers in Lebanon. Throughout this period, Darghouth’s canvases drew inspiration from the work of British portraitist Lucian Freud and controversial German artist Georg Baselitz.

Darghouth then delved into universal concerns in an abstract expressionist style. She addressed mortality, violence, and war in Canticles of Death (2011), a series of paintings of nuclear explosions and skulls. The English Rainbow (2011) depicts nuclear mushroom clouds in seven colors with corresponding nicknames coined by the British government during World War II. She highlighted the contrast between these innocuous nicknames (Violet Mist, Red Roses, Green Flax, Yellow Sun, and Blue Bunny) and the lethality of their corresponding weapons. In other paintings, she portrayed human skulls against ornamental backgrounds made of roses, suns, stars, and bunnies to bring attention to the morbidity in their contrast. 

Working with metallic renderings and a sober color palette, the artist depicted cameras, drones, and satellites as a commentary on surveillance culture in The Vision Machine, Shall You See Me Better Now?, held in 2015 at the Agial Gallery. The works in this exhibition investigate nation-states, corporations, and the blurred line between public and private space, augmenting and dissecting their subjects. Darghouth applies paint in thick impasto layers, favoring warm, muted colors over garish, violent hues. Her backgrounds consist of earthy tones and gestural, multidirectional brush strokes. She drips paint onto a wet canvas that she rotates herself, incorporating the element of chance into each work. 

Tagreed Darghouth’s mentor, Marwan Kassab Bashi criticized her for this dripping technique, likening it to “a woman wearing a dress with her underskirt showing underneath,” though it developed into her signature.

An avid reader and researcher, Darghouth is inspired by thinkers such as Slavoj Zizek and Stephen Graham and regularly revisits works by old masters such as Rembrandt Van Rijn and Gustave Courbet, as well as modernists Chaim Soutine and Willem De Kooning. Building on Zizek’s writing about the Palestinian concept of steadfastness (Al-Sumud in Arabic), her latest exhibition Analogy to Human Life (2019) addresses the systematic uprooting of olive trees by Israeli Forces in occupied Palestine. The paintings contrast life and death by depicting trees with vibrant blue-green leaves alongside morbid chopped trunks. Within that same context, she illustrated bloody hunks of meat, drawing from Rembrandt’s Slaughtered Ox (1655).

Darghouth lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.


"Canticle of Death: Tagreed Darghouth’s skulls at Agial." Beirut Art Critics. December 08, 2011. Accessed November 20, 2017.

KHALAF, Colette. "Vous me voyez, mais est-ce que vous  m’entendez ? - Colette KHALAF." L'Orient-Le Jour. September 11, 2015. Accessed November 20, 2017.

Simona Sikimic | The Daily Star. "Making art of the stuff of domestic servitude." The Daily Star Newspaper - Lebanon. Accessed November 20, 2017.

Tomb, Marie. War Identities.When Words Aren’t Enough. Human Rights Watch, Beirut, Lebanon, 53Dots. Pub., 2016.

"معرض بيروت للفن 2017 دورة النضج و... الـ «عروبة»!" الأخبار. Accessed November 20, 2017.

"جائزة “مؤسسة بوغوصيان” لتغريد درغوث وباسكال هاشم." Naharashabab. July 12, 2012. Accessed November 21, 2017.

Agial Art Gallery & Saleh Barakat Gallery - Darghouth, Tagreed. Accessed November 20, 2017.

Subtitled, With Narratives from Lebanon. Catalogue of the exhibition by APEAL at the Royal College of Art, London 3-6 November 2011 

A recorded interview with the artist on 12thNovember 2017 – can be reached at DAF. 


Selected Solo Exhibitions 


Gardens and Jungles, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


A City Undisguised; Beirut: No Home No Exile, Cromwell Palace, London,, United Kingdom


Toys and Trophies: From Zeus's Pandora to Barbie Doll, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Strange Fruit, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, UAE


Analogy to Human Life, Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
A Second Coming, Beirut Art Residency, Beirut, Lebanon


Ain’t Nowhere to Hide, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait


Vision Machines, Shall you see me better now, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Rehearsals, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Canticle of Death,Agial Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Fair & Lovely, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Mirror, Mirror!,Agial Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Falling Parts, Goethe Institute, Beirut, Lebanon


Still Features, Zico House, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Group Exhibitions


Works on Paper, Agial Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Bodies that Matter, Berlin Art Lab, Berlin, Germany

Lights of Lebanon, Istitut du Monde Arabe (IMA), Paris, France


Beirut Year Zero, Arthaus Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon


Arabicity|Ourouba, Middle East Institute Gallery, Washington, United States of America
Walking Through Walls, Groupius-Bau Museum, Berlin, Germany
Out of Context, Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Face Value, Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Chefs d’Oeuvre de l’Art Moderne et Contemporain Arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Ourouba: The Eye of Lebanon, BAF, curated by Rose Issa, Beirut, Lebanon


Beloved Bodies, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Betasarof,Lebanese National Library, Beirut, Lebanon


Thin Skin: six artists from Beirut, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, USA


Re-touch: New Paintings from Beirut, Forum for New Arab Art, Art-Lab, Berlin, Germany


Re-Orientations II, Rose Issa Projects, London, United Kingdom


Subtitled: With Narratives from Lebanon, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
Rebirth, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Residua, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah, Unite Arab Emirates


Mokhtarat, Ministry of Culture and Education, Doha, Qata
Connecting Heavens, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, Unite Arab Emirates
10th Anniversary of Kasa Art Gallery, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey


Bos Laf, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
AIWA: Aley International Artists Workshop, Aley, Lebanon


Attribute to Senghor, Downtown, Beirut, Lebanon
Arteclassica, 3era,Feria de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina


El Bab, Theatre de Beyrouth, Beirut, Lebanon


Cerf Volants, Maison du Liban, CIUP, Paris, France
cm3, Cite International Universitaire De Paris, Paris, France 


Four Artists, Zara Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan
Ayloul's Summer Academy, Darat al Funoun, Amman, Jordan


Ayloul's Summer Academy, Darat al Funoun, Amman, Jordan 


Creativity, Cultural Center of the South, Beirut, Lebanon


Creativity, Cultural Center of the South, Beirut, Lebanon



The Boghossian Foundation Prize for her work ‘The English Rainbow’, Lebanon


1stprize at cm3 by the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France


2ndprize of Darat al Funun’s Summer Academy, Jordan


Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
The Mokbel Art Collection, Beirut, Lebanon
Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Saradar Collection, Beirut, Lebanon

Nayla Tamraz, English, 2021
Vision machines, Shall you see me better now?
Aya Alamedine
English, 2015
Analogy to Human Life, English, 2018
Letter from Lebanon: “The Portrait as It Speaks”, English, 2018
Toys and Trophies: From Zeus’ Pandora to Barbie Doll Tagreed Darghouth Solo, English, 2020

Tabari Artspace, DIFC, Dubai October 20, 2020rn

Naomi Chadderton, English, 2023
'Gardens and Jungles' by Tagreed Darghouth at Tabari Art Space Dubai, English, 2023
Gardens and Jungles, English, 2023
Tabari Artspace presents Tagreed Darghouth’s Gardens and Jungles
tessy Koshy, English, 2023
Tagreed Darghouth: Gardens & Jungles 12 September 2023, English, 2023
An Interview with Tagreed Darghouth
Dr. Martin Nixon
English, 2024
The Custodian: Artistic Visionaries: Tagreed Darghouth, English, 2023
Tagreed Darghouth memorialises lost Beirut with mournful art
Rawaa Talass, English, 2023

The Lebanese painter Tagreed Darghouth remembers it all

A Visit To Lebanese Artist Tagreed Darghouth’s Mar Mikhael Studio In Beirut
Maie El-Hage, English, 2019

Lebanese artist Tagreed Darghouth explores social and political themes in her artwork

تغريد درغوث: بيروت ما زالت منارة, Arabic, 2017
How Lebanese Artist Tagreed Darghouth Tackles Human Paradoxes
NOURIAH AL SHATTI, English, 2016
The Middle East’s top five art collectors, English, 2016
Letter From Lebanon
Saad Ghosn, English, 2014
تغريد درغوث ترسم الآلام الإنسانية من عيون اللوحات
ميموزا العراوي, Arabic, 2015

فنانة تضفي على الأسود جدية عارمة, نص فكري من سلسلة لوحات مبتكرة

الظلام يعبر سماء تغريد درغوث ويعبّر عن قلقها
M.A, Arabic, 2015
كريستيز تدعم الفنانين اللبنانيين, Arabic, 2015
معرضﺽ تغريد دﺭغوث.. سلطة الآلاﺕ
محمد شرفﻑ, Arabic, 2015
معرض بيروت للفن و العروبة
نيكول يونس, Arabic, 2017
Tagreed Darghouth, un propos aussi clair que puissant
Maya Ghandour Hert
French, 2010

Une exposition de Tagreed Darghouth porte pour titre le nom d'une crème de visage éclaircissante, « Fair and Lovely ».

تغريد درغوث، «مرآتها» تكشف خدعة الجمال
Sanaa Elkhoury, Arabic, 2008
Thin Skin. Six Artists from Beirut, English, 2014

3 Jun — 2 Jul 2014 at Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York

سنغابور آرت فيرللفنون الحديثة والمعاصرة
كلود أبو شقرا, Arabic, 2014

حدث شرق أوسطي وإفريقي قي آسيا وجناح خاص للبنان

Canticle of Death: Tagreed Darghouth’s skulls at Agial
Marie Tomb, English, 2011
Canticle Of Death by Tagreed Darghouth, English, 2011
In her rst public exhibition, Taghrid Darghouth exhibited Still Features from 10 to 17 February at Zico House., English/Arabic, 2004
AIN’T NOWHERE TO HIDE, English, 2016
Tagreed Darghouth - Ain't Nowhere To Hide
Joe Tarrab and Myrna Ayad, English, 2016
Agial Art Gallery & Saleh Barakat Gallery - Darghouth, Tagreed, English, 2018
Life and death and olive trees: Tagreed Darghouth on her biggest exhibition yet
India Stoughton, English, 2018

The artist paints a pastiche of violence and the pastoral

A Second Coming: Tagreed Darghouth, English, 2018
تغريد درغوث... سنظلّ في الزيتون خضرته، وحول الأرض درعا!
نيكول يونس, English, 2018
خريطة أمينة لتحولات الحركة التشكيلية في لبنان والمنطقة!
نيكول يونس, Arabic, 2018
مماثل للحیاة الإنسانیة - معرض تغرید درغوث : تشكیل موحد لموضوعات متعارضة
علاء موفق رشیدي, Arabic, 2018
Arabicity | Ourouba, English, 2019
Art and emotion: ditching narrative in search of the thrill
India Stoughton, English, 2019

A new exhibition in Beirut deliberately isolates artworks to give each its own meaning. We chat with the curator about this approach

Out of Context, English, 2019
Out of Context, English, 2019
Tagreed Darghouth's Strange Fruit at Tabari Artspace, English, 2019
Pioneering Contemporary Visual Arts and Films from the Middle East & North Africa since 1982, English, 2019
Walking through Walls, English, 2019
Toys and Trophies: From Zeus’ Pandora to Barbie Doll Tagreed Darghouth Solo, English, 2020
Toys and Trophies: From Zeus’ Pandora to Barbie Doll, Tagreed Darghouth solo 20 Oct 2020 – 2 Jan 2021, English, 2020
Lebanese Art In The Spotlight In Paris Exhibition
Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle, English, 2021
New light from Lebanon
David Tresilian, English, 2021
Paris exhibition shines a light on Lebanon's artists: 'This is what we could do
Lemma Shehadi, English, 2021

Franco-Lebanese collector and co-curator Claude Lemand is behind a new show that sheds light on Lebanese art from the 1950s to present day

A City Undisguised; Beirut: No Home No Exile- Cromwell Place London- Tagreed Darghouth, English, 2022
A City Undisguised; Beirut: No Home No Exile, Tagreed Darghouth Solo, English, 2022
Tagreed Darghouth: A City Undisguised; Beirut: No Home No Exile, English, 2022



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