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.
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.