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  • Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am until 06:00 pm, Oct 09 2015 to Jan 11 2016
  • Every Thursday from 12:00 pm until 06:00 pm, Oct 09 2015 to Jan 11 2016
  • Sursock Museum, Sursock, Beirut, Lebanon [See map] [Hide map]
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Exhibition | The City in the City at Sursock Museum

The City in the City is a group exhibition that brings together recent work by artists, designers, and researchers concerned with mapping and exploring contemporary Beirut. Here, the city is at once a product of desire and fantasy, and a lived and embodied space.

In reference to Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino’s 1972 treatise on the layered and elusory nature of the city, the exhibition evokes the myriad overlapping cities that are Beirut, cities we simultaneously negotiate everyday. From action films to urban dérives, from the real to the fantastical, through the works on display we encounter visions of a past, present, and future Beirut, moving from what we imagine to be the real to what we hope could be the possible.

With works by: 98weeks, Vartan Avakian, Roy Dib, Mona Fawaz, Ahmad Gharbieh, Randa Mirza, and Public Works (Nadine Bekdache and Abir Saksouk-Sasso).

This exhibition is accompanied by an extensive public program and film program. More info coming soon.

About the artists:

98weeks is an arts organization founded by Mirene and Marwa Arsanios, dedicating 98weeks (1.8 years or 686 days) to researching a given subject. This is carried out through different disciplines such as art, architecture, activism, and performance, usually with a group of collaborators.

Vartan Avakian is a multidisciplinary artist. He is a founding member of the Beirut-based art collective Atfal Ahdath, and a member of the Arab Image Foundation. Avakian's work has been exhibited throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the US. He received a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) in 2014, and was awarded the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2013. He lives and works in Beirut, and is represented by Kalfayan Galleries (Athens–Thessaloniki).

Roy Dib is an artist and art critic who works and lives in Beirut. His work focuses on the subjective constructions of space. His first video “Under A Rainbow” (2011) was shown at Video Works – Ashkal Alwan (2011), Palais de Tokyo (2012), Rotterdam International Film Festival (2013), Senatsreservenspeicher Berlin Gallery (2013) and Parallel Vienna (2013). He participated in the Home Workspace Program (2011- 2012) by Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, where he produced a video installation titled “Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear,” which was later presented in the 18th edition of Videobrasil (2013), EcransMed Film festival in Montreal (2014), and the Delfina Foundation (2014).

Mona Fawaz is Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning at the American University of Beirut. Her scholarly interests include social and spatial justice, informality and the law, property and space, urban history and historiography, as well as planning practice, theory and pedagogy. She has authored over 40 scholarly articles, book sections, and reports that span across these topics.

Ahmad Gharbieh is Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department at the American University of Beirut. Trained in graphic design and urban sociology, Gharbieh's work explores mapping as a method of researching, representing, and analyzing socio-spatial phenomena. His work has been exhibited in Beirut, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Rotterdam, and Sharjah.

Randa Mirza is a visual artist who works mainly with photography and video. Her practice is often related to identity, with a focus on gender studies and postcolonial discourses. her work has been exhibited at Paris Photo, France, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Germany, Winterthur museum, Switzerland, Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, London, and PhotoMed 2015. She is represented by Tanit Galerie (Beirut/Munich).

Public Works is a design and research studio initiated by Abir Saksouk-Sasso and Nadine Bekdache. The collective overlays the disciplines of architecture and graphic design with the study of urbanism. Its aim is to spur thinking on the interface between social practices, representations and the built environment, in the context of spatial injustices in Lebanon.

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