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Ahmad Ghaddar presents his first solo exhibition as part of CATAPULT.visual’arts

#LawenWasel

Ahmad Ghaddar (b. 1994, Lebanon) leads visitors on an uncertain journey of resurfacing forgotten memories in his first solo exhibition, one that had been delayed for over two years. Ghaddar presents a series of nine sketches and nine paintings that portray the narratives of his commutes in public transportation, reflecting on the lack of a fatherly figure in his life.

Rear-view mirrors and the ornaments that adorn them appear throughout the exhibition; a medallion, a misbaha, a series of plushies and chains – reflections of the driver’s character – are distracting. Where was he really going?

www.britishcouncil.org.lb | CATAPULT.visual’arts

Ahmad Ghaddar: Lawen Wasel is the first of ten exhibitions as part of CATAPULT.visual’arts, a partnership between British Council Lebanon and Artlab.

About CATAPULT

CATAPULT is a pilot initiative launched by British Council Lebanon’s Arts and Culture department. It is thought as a talent development program in collaboration with existing hubs in 4 different creative sectors: Dance and Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Music and Gaming Industry.

The initiative is about recognizing potential in each of the sectors and developing, with our chosen partners, programs that respond to the needs and ambitions of artists. British Council’s involvement in each program takes different forms but has one aim; to support creative talents from Lebanon while building strong connections with the UK, focusing on creative expression, exchange, and enterprise.

CATAPULT is about upskilling, growth and thrive.

About CATAPULT.visual’arts

Developed in partnership with Artlab, CATAPULT.visual’arts is a 5-day empowerment programme aimed at equipping ten emerging visual artists with the necessary capacities to advance in their careers and ensure sustainability. The initiative culminates into a series of ten 3-week exhibitions at Artlab, covering logistics fees and honorarium.

While we’ve received over 70 promising applications to the CATAPULT.visual’arts Open Call, our esteemed jury of practitioners and professionals have selected a round-up of selected 22 emerging visual artists working in Lebanon to participate. The jury members are: Antoine Haddad, founder and Director of Artlab Beirut; Bettina Badr, painter and professor at the Lebanese American University; Marc Mouarkech, Arts and Culture Programmes Manager at British Council Lebanon; Richard Noyce, freelance writer, lecturer, and curator; and Sirine Fattouh, multidisciplinary artist.

The Artists are: Ahmad Ghaddar, Asadour Kdouranian, Bahaa Souki, Betty Ketchedjian, Elias Nafaa, Elsie Haddad, Gabriela Choueifaty, Gosha Beshlyana, Ieva Saudargaite Douaihi, Laeticia El Hakim, Laura Menassa, Manu Ferneini, Mia Baraka, Myriam Boulos, Omar Gabriel, Paul Gorra, Rima Maroun, Roger Mokbel, Shames Safiedine, Tarek Haddad, Walid Elmays, and Walid Nehme. You’ll have the chance to know more about them in the coming months and attend their exhibitions from February onwards.

On Tuesday, January 11th, 2022, we organised an online exchange session with the selected artists to define the participatory methodology based on which the five-day training program will be designed. We have dissected the current situation of the artists in Lebanon, and gauged the participant’s interest in pressing contemporary themes relevant to their artistic practice. In February, the workshop will manifest into a series of core activities and lectures to unpack the process behind organising an exhibition, delving into fundamental aspects such including funding, the Art production ecosystem, and storytelling and communication.

About Ahmad Ghaddar

Born in Tyre in1994 and based in Beirut, multidisciplinary artist Ahmad Ghaddar – also known as Renoz, moved to Beirut in 2014 to pursue his studies in Fine Arts at the Lebanese University. His work mainly reflects socio-political issues of his country, where he tackles subjects of migration, economic crisis and revolution. Renoz believes that art should be accessible; he primarily practices his works on the streets as a muralist and street artist.

Renoz has painted several murals in Lebanon, including ‘Tell Me About Friendship’ in Hamra, Lebanon, and participated in several group exhibitions, including the 22nd JAALA at the Yokohama Civic Art Gallery (2021), and ‘Visions of Today’ and ‘Space and Emotion Amidst Confinement’ at Galerie Janine Rubeiz (2021).

Visitor Information

Admission: Free

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 3PM, 5PM – 7PM. Lawen Wasel is on show until February 10th, 2022.

Artlab Beirut. Gouraud St, VGV8+VF Beirut.

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