Ali Nassir: Refusal to Lie on the Analyst’s Couch

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“A schizophrenic out for a walk is a better model than a neurotic lying on the analyst’s couch,”[1] write Deleuze and Guattari in the opening pages of Anti-Oedipus before bringing in an example from a novella, Lenz. The figures of Ali Nassir’s paintings seem to take up the advice and follow this “better model.” In the purely subjective world of these paintings—which would pass for abstract painting were it not for the obscure presence of certain camouflaged figures—the figures resist psychoanalytical analysis.


Walid Sadek and Literary Power of Absence

As an Iranian couple in their honeymoon one with blood red hair the other without any, looking for an art center in an industrial zone we must have appeared bizarre to the locals of Eastern Beirut at Jisr-el-Wati next to Beirut River.


The Dada Disgust: A Medical Profile*

Published in Daily Star, Lebanon,  29 Aug. 2009, under the title ‘Physical Injury Within the Body Politic


How Moghul Was Rembrandt?

(A Critique On A Global Laboratory of Infinite Multiplicities)*

Published in Third Text, 1475-5297, Volume 24, Issue 4, 2010, Pages 501 – 504

(The following is just part of the printed article.)