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OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY OCTOBER 12 @ 6PM

 

Summer 2006 was set to be Lebanon's post civil war "Golden Summer." Hundreds of thousands of tourists had flooded the streets of Beirut hoping to catch a taste of an exotic summer in the Orient. Lebanon did not fail them.

On July 12, 2006 Israel began a 34-day siege on Lebanon. 1 million citizens found themselves displaced. Over one thousand were killed. Thousands of bombs were dropped. Millions of bomblets blanket the south of Lebanon. Over 15,000 tons of heavy fuel oil swallowed up the shores of Lebanon. There was no end in sight.

But, Lebanon's artists were busy. They reacted; documenting this tragic event. They resisted; through their drawings and commentaries. They questioned; all sides through their writings and blogs. They cried. They took part in relief work. They witnessed; they wrote, painted, sculpted and took photographs. They lived out the long hot summer days.

Espace SD and xanadu* present Nafas Beirut, a multimedia venue for artists bearing witness. The aim is to create a platform for artists, poets, writers and filmmakers to share their work produced during or in reaction to the Israeli siege of Lebanon of Summer 2006. Believing it crucial to highlight these works, Nafas Beirut documents the emotions and experiences, and brings artists and viewers together, historicizing the moment. Nafas Beirut is a platform for these immediate responses through a multimedia exhibition and a month long series of events including, video screenings curated by various organizations and collectives, concerts, an open mike poetry jam, and a lecture on the oil spill.

The multimedia exhibit includes more than 40 artists of different backgrounds, hailing from around the world. These works are reactionary; they were made out of an urge. To highlight a few, they are raw as seen in the 12-poem piece of Wissam Nouchi entitled "Remember to Forget Beirut". They are emotional as Sintia Karam, trapped outside of Lebanon wanders around Berlin hoping that somehow her footsteps would take her straight back to Beirut. All the way from Australia, Maissa Alameddine and Fadia Kisrwani Abboud, create an installation entitled "Return to Sender," in reaction to the millions of Israeli flyers that were dropped on Lebanon. Lina Hakim creates an installation in homage to her real heroes of the war: the teenagers she met while volunteering at a shelter. Zena el-Khalil paints a portrait of Hassan Nassrallah as seen through her eyes. Raed Yassin displays his daily adventures with Nabil Fawzi, a.k.a. Superman. Maria Kassab's delicate drawings portray her downward spiral into darkness and depression. And already, some find themselves moving on as Rowina Bou Harb reveals in her blank white canvas entitled, "Don't Feel Like Talking Anymore, I Almost Forgot What I Felt."

Nafas: Beirut will run from October 13 to November 17, 2006. Espace SD is open daily from 3-8pm except Sundays.



S.Dagher bldg., Charles Helou ave., Gemmayzeh
Tel: 01.563114, info@espacesd.com
www.espacesd.com

 

artist list

 

>> click on name for bios & pics

ZIAD ABILLAMA
FADIA KISRWANI ABBOUD & MAISSA ALAMEDDINE
MIREILLE ASTORE
RITTA BADDOURA
GREGORY BUCHAKJIAN
ROWINA BOU HARB
ANTOINE BOULAD
HALA DABAJI
NAYLA DABAJI
CHOGHIG DER-GHOUGASSIAN
MAHER DIAB
GHASSAN GHAZAL
CHARBEL HABER
PASCAL HACHEM
LINA HAKIM
CAROLINE HATEM
HUSSAM HAWWA
MARIE NOUR HECHAIME
JOANNE ISSA
ABDALLAH KAHIL
SINTIA KARAM
MARIA KASSAB
CHRISTOPHE KATRIB
MAZEN KERBAJ
JOE KESROUANI
ROY KESROUANI
ZENA EL-KHALIL
RUTH MACDOUGALL
JOUMANA MATTAR MOUKARZEL
SOHA MENASSA
LENA MERHEJ
RANDA MIRZA
GRETA NAUFAL
WYSSEM NOCHI
YASMINA ALEXANDRA NYSTEN
CHANTAL PARTAMIAN
AMANDA RIFFO
MARIE-JOE RAIDY
ELYSE TABET
RACHAEL TABET
ORAIB TOUKAN
CHARBEL TORBEY
JANA TRABOULSI
RAED YASSIN
SHAWKI YOUSSEF



 

lecture

 

OIL SPILL LEBANON '06

A Lecture by Wael Hmaidan
Coordinator of the Oil Spill Working Group

Monday October 23rd @ 6pm

 

screenings

 

VIDEOS UNDER SIEGE - WAR DIARIES

Curated by Beirut DC

Tuesday October 17th @ 7pm




SHOOT THE WAR

Curated by Namleh at3a
A selection of short movies from their first project

Tuesday October 24th @ 7pm




T'FOUH...

Raw responses from Arab Artists

Screenings of the videos that were part of the T'fouh multimedia exhibition held in Sydney in September 2006. Curated by Alissar Chidiac (ACDN), Mouna Zaylah (ICE) & Mori Gallery

Tuesday October 31th @ 7pm




WAR AND THE CITY

3 videos produced and curated
by ne.a beyrouth

Tuesday November 7th @ 7pm




THE CALL OF CINEASTES:
SHORT FILMS FOR LEBANON AND PALESTINE

www.cinesoumoud.net
www.cinemayat.org

Tuesday November 14th @ 7pm

 

open mic jam & concerts

 

OPEN MIC JAM

An evening of readings and performances. You are all welcome to join in with your poetry, blog entries, texts and performances of any kind.

Friday 27th October @ 8pm

 

HABER/KERBAJ/YASSIN TRIO

Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet, object)
Charbel Haber (electric guitar)
Raed Yassin (doublebass, radio, tapes & electronics)

Entrance: LL5,000

Saturday 14th October @ 8pm



SCRAMBLED EGGS + MAYALINE HAGE


Entrance: 5,000 LL

Friday November 3th @ 8pm



RITTA BADDOURA

Free Jam Poetry & Percussions
Poetry: ritta parmi les bombes
http://rittabaddouraparmilesbombes.chezblog.com/


Percussions: Daniel Balabane & Toni Balabane

Friday November 10th @ 8pm




STRICTLY STREET

A look into the hip hop culture in Beirut
(concert, dance show, beat box demonstration & special screenings)

Organized by Mooz Records

Entrance 10,000 LL

Friday November 17th @ 8pm

 

 

 

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