Exhibition 21/9/2011 – 2/10/2011
Zico House, Beirut, Lebanon
The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
BEYroute revolves around the nexus of photographs to memory, addressing the notion of photographic representation and the impact this has on the way we see and interact with the world. Lebanon has long suffered wars, civil and uncivil, and this exhibition in particular sought ways of bringing artistic sensibility to the realm of war by exploring its effects on the imaginative life worlds of the artists who were both inspired and affected by their experiences of Lebanon’s war(s). Memories of war linger in odd shapes and sizes and have their expression in both tangible and abstract ways, yet when both realms collide, what forms of memory can be produced? BEYroute addressed squestions such as: How do photographs carry memory across space and time? How do they mediate culture and identity? Looking at how photographs mediate memory, this exhibition explored in particular how artists relate notions of identity, culture and affective experience to their material signifiers. How do photographs structure memory? Might bringing such photographs into the public archive and mining them for their testimonial value allow for more expansive histories and better representation of voices and narratives? Such questions probe alternative expressions of memory, identity and representation or misrepresentation, through the artists’ endeavor to elevate the material object to the realm of the affective and imaginative.
George Haddad, Rayya Haddad, Ayla Hibri, Dalia Khamissy, Rola Khayyat, Rania Mattar, Roy Samaha, Tanya Trabulsi