Lost in clay – BookF27

Lost in clay

… “the transference, which, whether affectionate or hostile, seemed in every case to constitute the greatest threat to the treatment, becomes its best tool”

Freud, S.

Maha Nasrallah cannot be defined; an architect by formation and profession she is the winner of the Lebanese Architect Award for Sustainable Architecture in February 2017, she is also the winner of the first prize at the Age of Ceramics competition at MACAM. Maha Nasrallah can, however, be understood as an artist, touching and evolving the world around her may it be as an architect or as a ceramic artist.Maha taps into her own memories, feelings and struggles to bring out her creativity and mix that with her skills and curious eyes and you end up with a heart-stopping and gripping exhibition like “Transference”.

In her own words; Maha explains that being  a survivor of a war that has ravaged her country Lebanon 27 years ago she still carries the feeling of loss deep in her and that the Syrian conflict has burst open all the unresolved emotions and struggles deep inside her.


Her Art is a form of expression for her frustration with War.


Maha says: “I worked on the “qobqab”, the Syrian sabot, as a symbol to represent the absence, the loss. The loss of a culture, of an artisan’s society, of tradition, of a human being, of life.

Traditionally, these slippers are exposed by being hung on shop walls in the souks of Damascus or Aleppo. I chose that same way to exhibit the 144 clay “qobqab” to form a “memorial wall”, reminding us that wars never end with winners but only with victims”.

“Transference” is a powerful piece that pays homage to the victims of war whether dead or alive as the ravages of war never fully disappear, and it is part of The Clocks are Striking Thirteen art exhibition at ARTH Art Space and Gallery.

Text by GD