Exhibition 21/9/2011 - 2/10/2011
at Zico House, Beirut, Lebanon
This exhibition 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 seeks 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?
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.
Curator: Rola Khayyat
Artists: George Haddad, Rayya Haddad, Ayla Hibri, Dalia Khamissy, Rola Khayyat, Rania Mattar, Roy Samaha, Tanya Trabulsi