Irtijal Marks Fifteen Years of Experimental Music in Beirut

This year marked the 15th edition of IRTIJAL, Beirut's much-loved and anticipated Festival of Experimental Music. With a hardcore fanbase and a mystique that's drawn the attention of art lovers and...

 

Screening Identity: A Video-Only Art Exhibit at BAC

A video art-only presentation is something of a rarity in Beirut where, although video art is widely practiced, the exhibition stage remains somewhat conservative. And whenever new media emerges as a ...

 

New Exhibit At AUB Shows Art Before Art Was Even A Thing in Lebanon

Nowadays it is common to hear the academic discussion about the origins and history of art in Lebanon and the broader Middle East revert to talk of an exact date from which one is permitted to speak...

 

A Familiar Strangeness

Contemporary photography is essentially more than fine art. The proliferation of digital imagery - and therefore, of digital memories and archives, has shifted the photographic process towards a...

 

Part Two of Mixed Feelings Project Examines Identity, Race and Family in Lebanon

“I’m a human being, so why do you walk past me?” reads one of the white cardboards against the light blue tinge of the walls. It continues, “really, I’m invisible? I’m here! First and...

 

Gazing into the Past and Future: Construction and Self-Construction at Exposure 6

The sixth edition of Exposure, which runs through February, returned to the Beirut Art Center last month. It is one of their signature annual exhibitions, showcasing some of the best emerging artistic...

 

Between the Shelves, Hamra's Little Bookshop Stands Tall Among Giants

The Little Bookshop is a cozy one-room bookstore just a few blocks off Jeanne d’Arc Street with walls colored in a light-orange hue, shelves stacked-to-the-brim with books, and the constant hum of...

 

An Icon of Architectural Heritage, The Rose House Opens To The Public

British artist Tom Young's ‘At The Rose House’ has attracted a lot of attention since it opened to the public on November 19. As blogger Sietske Galama puts it: “Everyone in town is talking...

 

On the Surface of Nature: The Materiality of Chaouki Chamoun's Painting

One of the most significant Lebanese painters of the intermediate generation between the revered old masters and the emerging artists of today, Chaouki Chamoun, can easily be said to have been...

 

48 Hours on Beirut's Art Scene

Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran said, “art is a step from what is obvious and well known toward what is arcane and concealed”. Art in Beirut is no exception in its ability to provide insight into the...