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OUROUBA, THE EYE OF LEBANON / THE FOCAL EXHIBITION OF BEIRUT ART FAIR 2017

Ourouba, The Eye of Lebanon, the exhibition reflect the aesthetic, conceptual and socio-political concerns that have surfaced in the Arab world over the last decade. It feature installations, paintings, photography and sculptural works on loan from major private and institutional collections in Lebanon. The complex, recent history of the notion of “Arabicity” (the literal translation of “ourouba”) serve as the common thread for the selected works, which bear witness to the diverse paths and inspirations of artists from the Arab world. The exhibition specifically explore themes relating to memory, destruction and reconstruction, conflict and peace.

These selected works examine the personal, national and regional issues affecting the Arab world in light of recent upheavals: Why we do what we do and accept what is done?, How can we resist clichés, injustice, double standards, opportunism and at times even opportunities? Across diverse media and subject matters, the works reflect the pulse of the region and the nature of artists’ engagement with the political realities they face. In chaos they discover that which endures. In the booming cultural scene that is Beirut, Ourouba, The Eye of Lebanon will show how artists and collectors with different tastes and visions are challenging the confines of their identity and reshaping the parameters of their cultural traditions.

Mohamad Said Baalbaki, "One Hand Alone Can’T Clap" Bronze, 90 X 30 X 15 Cm, 2010 Collection Saradar, © Agop Kanledjian

Mohamad Said Baalbaki, “One Hand Alone Can’T Clap” Bronze, 90 X 30 X 15 Cm, 2010 Collection Saradar, © Agop Kanledjian

Nadim Asfar, "Temple De Ain Hersha Jabal El Cheikh 2" Inkjet Print On Fine Art Paper, 87 X 120 Cm Ed. 2/5 + 2 Ap, 2016 Private Collection, Courtesy Of Galerie Tanit

Nadim Asfar, “Temple De Ain Hersha Jabal El Cheikh 2” Inkjet Print On Fine Art Paper, 87 X 120 Cm Ed. 2/5 + 2 Ap, 2016
Private Collection, Courtesy Of Galerie Tanit

Sharif Waked, "Chic Point. Fashion For Israeli Checkpoints" Video, 07’ Min., 2003 Private Collection

Sharif Waked, “Chic Point. Fashion For Israeli Checkpoints” Video, 07’ Min., 2003 Private Collection

Rose Issa. Courtesy: © BEIRUT ART FAIR

Rose Issa. Courtesy: © BEIRUT ART FAIR

BEIRUT ART FAIR was created in 2010 and is directed by Laure d’Hauteville, an exhibition curator and former journalist. BEIRUT ART FAIR’s Artistic Director is Pascal Odille, an expert in modern and contemporary art (member of C.N.E.S.). Marine Bougaran directs the fair’s “Projects” spaces. Organized with the renewed support of Bankmed, the 8th edition of BEIRUT ART FAIR will take place from 21 to 24 September at the BIEL (Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center) in Beirut.

Beirut Art Fair's 2016 Edition

Beirut Art Fair’s 2016 Edition

Ahmed Mater, Nature Morte, 2012, Laser chrome print on Kodak real photo paper, 124x177.5 cm, Edition 3/5, Courtesy of Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Ahmed Mater, Nature Morte, 2012, Laser chrome print on Kodak real photo paper, 124×177.5 cm, Edition 3/5, Courtesy of Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Mahmoud Shobbar, Mixed media on Aluminum-Street sign, Welcome to Baghdad, 80x120.5 cm, Courtesy of Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Mahmoud Shobbar, Mixed media on Aluminum-Street sign, Welcome to Baghdad, 80×120.5 cm, Courtesy of Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Tagreed Dargouth - Untitled - From "vision machine, shall you see me better now - 2015 Acrylic on canvas - 120 x 120 cm - Courtesy SARADAR COLLECTION - © Agop Kanledjian

Tagreed Dargouth – Untitled – From “vision machine, shall you see me better now – 2015 Acrylic on canvas – 120 x 120 cm – Courtesy SARADAR COLLECTION – © Agop Kanledjian

Nabil Nahas - Cedars - 2013 - Acrylic on canvas - 213 x 305 cm Courtesy SARADAR COLLECTION - © Agop Kanledjian

Nabil Nahas – Cedars – 2013 – Acrylic on canvas – 213 x 305 cm Courtesy SARADAR COLLECTION – © Agop Kanledjian

Mohammad El Rawas, Dear Art Lover, 2015, Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 140 x 150 cm Courtesy Mazen & Loulia Soueid Collection

Mohammad El Rawas, Dear Art Lover, 2015, Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 140 x 150 cm Courtesy Mazen & Loulia Soueid Collection

Ayman Baalbaki, "Mea" Mixed Media On Canvas, 200 X 400 Cm, 2014-2015 Collection Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation Courtesy Of Agial Gallery, Beirut

Ayman Baalbaki, “Mea” Mixed Media On Canvas, 200 X 400 Cm, 2014-2015 Collection Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation Courtesy Of Agial Gallery, Beirut

Tagreed Darghouth, "Untitled” Acrylic On Canvas, 150 X 200 Cm, 2015 Courtesy Of Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Tagreed Darghouth, “Untitled” Acrylic On Canvas, 150 X 200 Cm, 2015 Courtesy Of Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Serwan Baran, "Untitled” Acrylic On Canvas, 222 X 202.5 Cm, 2014 Courtesy Of Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Serwan Baran, “Untitled” Acrylic On Canvas, 222 X 202.5 Cm, 2014 Courtesy Of Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation

Kader Attia, "Black Cube I" Oil On Canvas, 200 X 200 Cm, 2006 Collection Yola Noujaim

Kader Attia, “Black Cube I” Oil On Canvas, 200 X 200 Cm, 2006 Collection Yola Noujaim

Abdul Rahman Katanani, "Wave" Barbed Wire, 200 X 400 Cm, 2016 Collection Dar El Nimer

Abdul Rahman Katanani, “Wave” Barbed Wire, 200 X 400 Cm, 2016 Collection Dar El Nimer

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