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Falling is not Collapsing, Falling is Extending - Marwa Arsanios

Opening 28 June 2017, 6 to 9pm.
This exhibition runs until 29 September 2017

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“Matter, like meaning, is not an individually articulated or static entity. Matter is not little bits of nature, or a blank slate, surface, or site passively awaiting signification; nor is it an uncontested ground for scientific, feminist, or marxist theories. Matter is not a support, location, referent, or source of sustainability for discourse. Matter is not immutable or passive. It does not require the mark of an external force like culture or history to complete it. Matter is always already an ongoing historicity.”
Karen Barad, "Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter"
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Drawing a parallel between two distinct narratives in Beirut’s recent history, Arsanios’s research looks at the aftermath of the neoliberal project that took shape at the beginning of the 1990s, in the years immediately following the end of the Lebanese civil wars. Starting from a situation that remains present in the recent visual and political memory during the garbage crisis that began in 2014, this exhibition addresses the threatening long-term transformations that are brought about the system of late capitalism, and the local reverberations of this system on Lebanon’s environmental and sociopolitical reality. The exhibition features a film projection, an installation and a series of drawings.

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