The Beirut Experience
The exhibition The Beirut Experience brings together 10 international artists selected for their interest in notions which are essential to the Beirut and Lebanese context, such as architecture, urban planning, memory, history or cultural identity, as well as their capacity to adapt themselves to the very complex but stimulating Lebanese situation.
Time : October 13.11 – November 19.11
Opening reception: Wednesday October 12, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Lara Almarcegui . Marc Bauer . Tony Chakar . Marcelline Delbecq . Latifa Echakhch . Eric Hattan . Mark Lewis . Adrien Missika . Estefania Peñafiel Loaiza . Dan Perjovschi
A project by attitudes, Geneva
About the exhibition
Main Venue: Beirut Art Center
Special Venue: The HANGAR / UMAM D&RProject by Estefania Peñafiel Loaiza
Opening October 11, 2011, 6 pm to 9 pm
showing until December 18, 2011
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 9 pm
Haret Hreik, near al Mahdi Mosque
tel +961 (0)1 553 604, www.umam-dr.org
Tony Chakar, The Sky Over Beirut
Guided walks in Beirut (2 hours each)
Thursday 20.10 and 03.11, 6 pm (Ashrafieh area)
Saturday 22.10 and 05.11, 11 am (Historical City area)
Information and registration at Beirut Art Center, tel: +961 (0) 391 018
The subject of the exhibition is precisely Beirut and Lebanon. Every artist produces a new work specifically linked to this context. The title of the show points to the experience of the context, with all the nuances that this word contains. Almost all the artists have stayed at least twice in Beirut, once in November 2010, and then during the installation period, just before the opening of the show. Some went to Beirut to work during the summer of 2011. All works are commissioned and produced by Attitudes (www.attitudes.ch).
A book will be published after the show in three languages: English, French, and Arabic. It will contain an introduction by the curators, documentation of the works, and a long essay by Paris-based German art critic and author Jens Emil Sennewald.
This book will be ready for the second version of The Beirut Experience, planned at Art Center Villa Bernasconi in Geneva / Lancy (CH), in April 2012. (www.villabernasconi.ch)
THE CONTENT OF THE SHOW
All the artists will be present with new works in the show at Beirut Art Center (BAC). There will be a solo presentation of new works by Estefania Penafiel Loaiza at The HANGAR, Umam D&R.
Lara Almarcegui (E/NL, 1971, based in Rotterdam) will publish a Guide to Ruined Buildings in Beirut. Around 40 buildings from the 20th century, selected for their architectural qualities, will be documented by photos and texts. This guide is part of a series of guides of ruined buildings or wastelands already realized by the artist in different cities, which are presented in the exhibition. The Beirut guide will be ready for the second version of The Beirut Experience, in Geneva in April 2012.
Marc Bauer (CH, 1975, based in Berlin) presents a series of drawings and texts, like fragments of a travel diary, which propose a double portrait of Beirut, one physical with well known areas as Pigeon Rock, and one more psychological with extracts of the video game Call of Duty, played by several people in Beirut, and where fragments of the city appear in their past or imagined state.
Tony Chakar (LB, 1964, based in Beirut) presents his project The Sky Over Beirut, a series of architectural tours made in two areas of the city, Ashrafieh and the Historical City Area. During these public tours proposed during the exhibition, he will speak about the history, memory, and architectural and the urban evolution of each area. The tours are documented and an interactive website is produced for the show.
Marcelline Delbecq (F, 1977, based in Paris)
Her video, Eden, is focused on the Observatory building located in the American University campus in Beirut, as well as three photographs, showing roads to Observatory buildings located in Los Angeles and Nice, which present surprising similarities.
Latifa Echakhch (MA, 1977, based in Martigny) presents a new sculpture, a series of poppies realized with the red earth of Beirut. This work refers to a Charlie Brown comic, What Have we Learned Charlie Brown?, by Charles M. Schulz, based on a poem by John McCrae, In Flanders Fields (1915), in which he tells the legend of the poppies, which used to be white, and then became red with the blood from wars contained in the earth.
Eric Hattan (CH, 1955, based in Basle) presents videos as well as an amateur film shot by his father in Beirut in the 1960s, in a bus from the same period parked in front of Beirut Art Center. This work is dedicated to his father. He also presents Beyroots, a ‘collection’ of used chairs taken from the streets, which appear as a metaphorical portrait of the city.
Mark Lewis (CAN, 1957, based in London) presents his film Beirut, shot in the Hamra area, between the Napoleon Hotel and the Mayflower Hotel. The film presents a stunning glance of the architecture of the area with a panoramic view from the roof of the building. It is also a metaphorical ‘flight’ between two major historical moments, the colonization of America by British migrants, and the conquest of Europe by Napoleon.
Adrien Missika (CH/F, 1981, based in Berlin) presents his film, Dome, shot in super 8 on the site of The International Fair, built by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon from 1968 to 1975. Due to the civil war, the site was never completed and never opened to the public. The film depicts a narrative confrontation between the building and a protagonist who literally plays and appropriates it.
Estefania Peñafiel Loaiza (EQ, 1978, based in Paris) presents her project No Vacancy at Beirut Art Center and at The HANGAR / UMAM D&R, created from the archives of the Carlton Hotel in Beirut, which are kept by UMAM D&R. The video presented at BAC was shot in the Carlton Residency Building under construction. At The HANGAR, she presents a display of pieces (video, drawings, sculptures, photographs).
Dan Perjovschi (RO, 1961, based in Sibiu) has sent original postcards to Beirut since the spring 2011 with drawings about Beirut, Lebanon and the Middle East, perceived from where he was staying or travelling. He also proposes a selection of 62 drawings printed on paper and transferred to the wall through carbon paper.
THE CURATORS & PRODUCERS
Attitudes is an independent art structure based in Geneva, Switzerland, founded in 1994 and directed by Jean-Paul Felley & Olivier Kaeser. Attitudes conceives, organizes and produces projects in the fields of contemporary art, in Geneva, in Switzerland and elsewhere. Among the projects realized elsewhere are, Buenos días Buenos Aires at MAMbA, Buenos Aires in 2003, and Buenos días Santiago – an exhibition as expedition at MAC Santiago de Chile in 2005. Attitudes has worked with about 400 artists, and organised about 250 exhibitions and 250 other special events such as performances, films screenings or lectures.
Attitudes had an exhibition space in Geneva up to the end of 2008. Attitudes is now working on two axes: publishing editions of books, mainly artist’s books, and the curating of exhibitions in various places. Attitudes has the status of a not-for-profit cultural association. www.attitudes.ch
Jean-Paul Felley & Olivier Kaeser are also co-directors of Centre culturel suisse (Swiss Cultural Center) in Paris, their main activity from the end of 2008.
The project The Beirut Experience has received the support of the following organisations:
Pro Helvetia – Swiss foundation for culture / Swiss Exhibition Award 2008 given to attitudes by Julius Bär Foundation and Swiss federal Office for culture / Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, Etat de Genève (Contemporary Art Fund, State of Geneva) / Mondriaan Foundation / Institut français (French Institute) / French Embassy in Lebanon / Swiss Embassy in Lebanon / Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation / Georges Foundation.
LARA ALMARCEGUI (E/NL, 1971, based in Rotterdam)
Lara Almarcegui’s solo shows include Künstlerhaus, Bremen; Tent, Rotterdam (2011); Secession, Wien; Art Statements, Art Basel (2010); Gallery Ellen de Bruijne, Amsterdam; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; La Box, Bourges (2008); CGAC, Santiago di Compostela (2007); Frac Bourgogne, Dijon.
She has participated in group shows at Museo Tamayo, Mexico; Kunstverein, Worlfburg; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Aknank Sanat, Istanbul; Bozar, Bruxelles (2010); Barbican Art Centre, London; Evento, Bordeaux; Steirische Herbst, Graz (2099), as well as in the followings biennials: Taipei (2010); Moscow; Athens; Shenzhen (2009); Taipei; Gwangju (2008); Sharjah (2007); Sevilla; Sao Paulo (2006); Liverpool (2004).
She created guides for wastelands in the followings places: Flushing River, Queens, New York; Rotterdam Harbour; Ebro’s banks, Saragossa; Estuary, Bilbao; Sao Paulo; Amsterdam. She has already made two guides of ruins: Burgundy XIX-XXIst Century (2009); Netherlands XIX-XXIst Century (2008).
MARC BAUER (CH, 1975, based in Berlin)
Marc Bauer’s solo shows include ReMap 3, Athens (2011); Kunstmuseum, St-Gallen (2010); Mamco, Genève; Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (2009); Art Statement, Art Basel (2008); attitudes, Genève (2007); Stedelijk Bureau, Amsterdam (2004).
He has participated in group shows at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centre d’art Hangar à bananes, Nantes (2011); Kunstmuseum, Solothurn; Museum Ostwall, Dortmund; Musée Rath, Genève (2010); Kunstmuseum, Bern; Centre culturel suisse, Paris (2009); Kunsthaus, Zürich (2008); MAC, Santiago de Chile (2005).
TONY CHAKAR (LB, 1968, based in Beirut)
Architect, artist, writer. He teaches history of art and architecture at Lebanese Academy of Art (ALBA) in Beirut. His projects include: One Hundred Thousand Solitudes, Meeting Points 6, Middle East/North Africa/Europe; An Endless Quick Nightmare, MED11-The Colombia Biennial (2011); The Sky Over Beirut, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2009); The Eighth Day, lecture/performance (2008); Yesterday’s Man, performance written with Rabih Mroué and Tiago Rodrigues, presented in various cities in Europe; Memorial to the Iraq War, ICA, London (2007); Various Small Fires, The Royal College of Art, London (2007); My Neck is Thinner than a Hair, lecture/performance with Walid Raad and Bilal Khbeiz, presented in Beirut, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, London, Basle and Singapore (2004); Beirut, the Impossible Portrait, Venice Biennial (2003).
MARCELLINE DELBECQ (F, 1977, based in Paris)
Marcelline Delbecq has had solo projects at Galerie Xippas/La Chambre, Paris ; Chert Gallery, Berlin (2009); Musée Zadkine, Les Arques (2008); Art in General, New York (2007); Swiss Institute, New York (2006).
She has participated in group shows at Lab Labanque, Béthune; Musée Camondo, Paris; Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2011); Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse; MUDAM, Luxembourg; EACC, Castellon; Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine (2010); Centre Pompidou, Metz; Fri-Art Fribourg (2009); Ferme du Buisson, Marne-la-Vallée; Bard College, Hessel Museum, New York (2008); Espace Paul Ricard, Paris; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2007); Frac PACA, Marseille (2006).
She has given performances at Frac Alsace, Strasbourg (2011); Chelsea Art Space, London (2010); Festival Les Urbaines, Lausanne; Maison du livre, de l’image et du son, Villeurbanne (2009); Musée du Louvre, Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008); attitudes, Genève (2007); Fondation Cartier, Paris (2006).
LATIFA ECHAKHCH (Mor/CH/F, 1974, based in Martigny and Paris)
Latifa Echakhch’s solo shows include Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Fondation Louis Moret, Martigny (2011); Gamec, Bergamo; Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims ; MACBA, Barcelone; Fri Art, Fribourg (2010); Swiss Institute, New York; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris (2009); Tate Modern, London (2008); CNAC Le Magasin, Grenoble (2007).
She has participated in several group shows such as La Biennale di Venezia (2011); Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Kunsthalle, Basel; Sculpture Center, New York (2010); Biennale de Lyon; Zacheta National Gellery of Art, Warsaw (2009); Manifesta 7, Bolzano; Jerusalem Foundation, Jerusalem; Kunsthaus, Zürich; Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2008); Thessaloniki Biennial; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Kunsthalle Mucsarnok, Budapest (2007).
ERIC HATTAN (CH, 1955, based in Basle)
Eric Hattan’s solo shows include Oslo 8, Basel (with Silvia Bächli); Kunsthalle, Nürnberg (with Silvia Bächli) (2011); Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine; MAP Markus Ambach Projekte, Düsseldorf (2010); Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine (2009); Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse; Galerie Art Attitude Hervé Bize, Nancy (2008); Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel (2007); MAMS, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg; Frac Alsace, Sélestat (2005).
He has participated in group shows at Môtiers Art en plein air, Môtiers (2011); Art Public, Art Basel; Centre d’art La Passerelle, Brest (2010); CAC Ivry, Galerie Fernand Léger, Ivry-sur-Seine (2009); Les Ateliers de Rennes, Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes (2008); PS1, New York (2006); attitudes, Genève; La Biennale di Architettura di Venezia (2004); MAMbA, Museo de arte moderno, Buenos Aires (2003).
MARK LEWIS (Can/UK, 1957, based in London)
Mark Lewis’s solo shows include Forte di Bard, Aosta (2010); Canadian Pavillon, La Biennale di Venezia; University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton; Art Gallery Og Ontario, Toronto; Museo Marino Marini, Firenze (2009); Akademie der Bildende Künste, Wien; Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire; Indianapolis Museum of Art (2008); BFI Southbank, London; Vancouver Art Gallery; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla; PS1, New York; Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal (2007); FACT, Loverpool, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2006); Hamburger Kunstverein (2005).
He has participated in group shows or festivals such as Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, Venezia (2011), International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2010); Biennale de Lyon; Vancouver International Film Festival; Argos, Bruxelles (2009); Kunsthalle, Wien; Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse; Insa Art Space, Seoul (2008); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2006). He is co-founder and co-editor of Afterall – A journal of art – Context and Inquiry, London and Los Angeles.
ADRIEN MISSIKA (F/CH, 1981, based in Geneva and Paris)
Adrien Missika has had solo shows at Marz Galeria, Lisboa; SpazioA Galleria, Pistoia (2011); La Rada, Locarno; Galerie Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva (2010); Rencontres internationales de photographies, Arles; Module, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva (2009).
He has participated in group shows at Fondation Ricard, Paris; Cneai, Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Live in your Head, Geneva (2011); Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Geneva; Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Milan; Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds (2010); PhotoForum, Biel; Fotomuseum, Winterthur (2009) ; Biennale de Bourges; Circuit, Lausanne; Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2008); Centre culturel suisse, Paris; Forde, Geneva (2007).
ESTEFANIA PEÑAFIEL LOAIZA (EC/F, 1978, based in Paris)
Estefania Peñafiel Loaiza has had solo shows at Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris; Centre d’art Bastille, Grenoble (2009).
She has participated in group shows at La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec/Paris; Centro cultural, Sao Paulo (2011); Centro Fundacion Telefonica, Lima; Institut français, Berlin; La Box, Bourges; ENSBA, Paris; Museo de Arte Moderno, Guayaquil (2010); Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse; Frac Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen; Centre culturel suisse, Paris; CRAC, Altkirch (2009); International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Prague; Museum of Art, Shanghai (2008); Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon; Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine (2007).
DAN PERJOVSCHI (RO, 1961, based in Sibiu and Bucharest)
Dan Perjovschi has had solo shows at Kunsthalle, Lingen; Para/Site Art Spaces, Hong Kong; Macro, Roma; Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin (2011); EACC, Castello; Kunstverein, Ulm; Institute for Contemporary Culture, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; San Francisco Institute of the Arts; Museum of contemporary art, Novi Sad (2010); Castello di Rivoli, Torino; Kiasma, Helsinki (2009); Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Wiels, Bruxelles (2008); MoMA, New York; Kunsthalle, Basel (2007); Tate Modern, London; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Portikus, Frankfurt (2006); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2005).
He has participated in group shows at Center for Contemporary Art, Riga; Museo de Colecciones ICO, Madrid (2011); Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein, Hamburg; NBK, Berlin; South London Gallery, London; Lotz Biennial (2010) ; Biennale de Lyon; Württenbergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Tri Postal, Lille (2009); Sydney Biennial; Tate Liverpool (2008); La Biennale di Venezia; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Limerick Biennial; Biennal Internacional de Arte Contemporanea, Sevilla (2006); Istanbul Biennial (2005).
Source : Beirut Art Center