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Spinal Jetty
Spinal Jetty

Summer 2014, 2016 | ArteZine

The zine has always had an air of conspiracy theory about it: it’s not difficult to imagine the disarticulated contents of zines– obsessive, selective, forensic snapshots of cultural second-gunmen — redistributed as the autodidact’s bedroom diagram, found typically either in the apartments of detectives or of serial killers. To that effect, the zine can be […]

Mapping Arab Art through the Sultan Gallery
Mapping Arab Art through the Sultan Gallery

Spring 2014 | Gallery

  The Sultan Gallery is an art gallery initiated by brother and sister duo, Ghazi and Najat Sultan, who opened the gallery in 1969 in Kuwait City, and which closed with the Iraqi invasion in 1990. With a mission to promote and exhibit “modern young Arab artists,” the gallery was the first of it’s kind […]

Art after the Remnants
Art after the Remnants

Spring 2014 | ArteZine

Armenians have had a complex relationship with the Arab world, especially in Lebanon. Remnants of Aghed the Catastrophe of 1895-1923 , meandered there in waves, reconstituting their lost cities over the new geography of a country yet to be born. The more affluent settled in the francophone center of Beirut, where many of the prominent […]

Rescuing memories by creating new ones
Rescuing memories by creating new ones

Spring 2014 | ArteZine

The Lebanese witnessed 15 years of civil war and subsequent decades of random cruelty and political violence. During the lengthy years of the country’s reconstruction no effort was spared to conceal the physical traces of the war, yet its survivors were left uncared for, asked to rise from the rubble, and to raise a new […]

Searching for Reality
Searching for Reality

Spring 2014 | ArteZine

A white square ceramic tiled wall behind a big heavy machine juicing carrots and my impatient need to have that juice: this is the only vivid memory I have from Beirut’s city center before the civil war erupted in 1975. At that time, I was 6 years old. During the last summer before the war, […]

Retouched and Rendered
Retouched and Rendered

Spring 2014 | ArteZine

What comes after the bourgeois entitlement to closure? Would it be more proper to ask, what becomes of the bourgeoisie when it finally gains that sense of closure? We are left muted to negotiate safe passage at checkpoints. In time and distance, our narratives acquire mythical proportions. Meanwhile, residues of panics and anxieties, fear and […]

I am not what you know about me
I am not what you know about me

Spring 2014 | ArteZine

Perceptual blindness is a psychological condition, meaning, if the brain cannot recognize, acknowledge or process something, the eye cannot see it.  The Lebanese were perceptually blind about the imminent “Civil War”, they never called it war, they called it “Al-ahdath or الاحداث” meaning “The events” or “the incidents”. The whole world had agreed to solve […]

Reinventing Fire

Winter 2014 | Gallery

This issue marks the last installment of a six-quarter cycle of the Gallery that spotlights artists from the Maghreb leading up to the 2014 edition of the Marrakech Biennial. Each subsequent gallery will showcase artists who deal with the every day in their work to reveal the conceptual threads and regional connections that underlie the […]

Reinventer Le Feu

Winter 2014 | Gallery

Ils l’ont vu surgir avant de le faire surgir d’eux-mêmes. Ils l’ont observé, ils l’ont interrogé, ils l’ont domestiqué. Les papillons se brûlent les ailes infiniment. Les humains créent perpétuellement. A chacun sa tragédie du feu. C’est quand ils ont maîtrisé le feu que les humains ont inventé l’art. Aujourd’hui et pour la première fois, […]

Nidhal Chemekh
Nidhal Chemekh

Winter 2014 | Gallery

  Nidhal Chemekh’s visual art has often been described as unsettling. His artistic exploration unfolds around complex and fragmented shapes whose meaning is often blurred, almost absent. His designs evolve in accidents, without a predetermined logic that binds one form to another. What we see is an outburst of shapes, cruelly incomplete that reveal the […]

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