The work of Stéphanie Saadé develops a language of suggestion, playing with poetics and metaphor. She shares clues, signs, imageless and occasionally silent trails with us, which interact like the words of a single sentence. It is for the viewer to decipher them, as would an archaeologist faced with traces, fossils, and fragments. This enigmatic quality often stems from the artist’s own experience. In her oeuvre, personal experience is invoked exclusively as a universal subject.
Stéphanie Saadé graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China. She was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2014/2015), and the Cité Internationale des arts, Paris (2015). Saadé is the 2018-19 recipient of the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) 3Package Deal program, a 1 year Interhistoricity scholarship linked to 4 renown museums and institutions of the city of Amsterdam.
She has had solo exhibitions at Parc Saint Léger and Maison Salvan in France, Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam. Her work has also been exhibited at Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy / MOCA Toronto, Canada / Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France / La Criée, Rennes, France / Sharjah Biennale 13, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates / MAXXI, Rome, Italy / MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium / Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland / National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland / Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway / Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad, Sweden / Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, New York, USA / Marres, Maastricht, Netherlands / La Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville, Alfortville, Fance / Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany / Mosaic Rooms, London, UK / Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain / Casa Árabe, Cordoba, Spain / La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia, Spain / Home Works 7, Beirut, Lebanon / Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers, France / Van Eyck, Maastricht, Netherlands / Le 59e Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France / Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon / Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon /A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine / Qalandyia International Biennial, Qalandyia, Palestine.
Stéphanie Saadé’s works are in the collection of MAXXI Rome, Italy and FMAC Paris, France.