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Diana Abi Khalil writes and draws and in her little notebooks about traveling to space, heartache, questioning moments of doubts. Most of the artist’s notebooks are unfinished or forgotten; others have been smudged by rain or tears, and yet others were lost or gifted to friends or lovers. Playful yet honest, these notebooks each take on lives of their own and are for the first time ever united and on view at Despacio.

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The works are an insight into the privacy of someone you will never forget. The Lebanese artist and storyteller plays with quotes, fonts and colorful imagery to express and document her inevitable emotions, “people don’t understand how much they express”. The pages she considers “ugly” are often covered in black paint. In providing her with a healing process to her own ideas and thoughts, the books have become essential to her everyday. There is no escape from the emotional rollercoaster Diana needs to express, “have a safe trip”.

Thoughts by Anna Hugo

The books will be on display from March 3, 2016 on.

Diana Abi Khalil is a Lebanese artist who was born and raised in Paris. She may be considered a runaway girl lost in big cities. She came to New York in 2010 to be by herself.

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