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  • Every Saturday from 12:00 pm until 05:00 pm, Dec 11 2021 to Apr 23 2022
  • Every Monday to Friday from 12:00 pm until 07:00 pm, Dec 09 2021 to Apr 29 2022
  • Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

Public Works Studio | Nadim Choufi

𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀: 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 | 𝗡𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗺 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗳𝗶
𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟵 - 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟮𝟵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮
𝖤𝗑𝗁𝗂𝖻𝗂𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝖮𝗉𝖾𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖧𝗈𝗎𝗋𝗌:
𝖬𝗈𝗇-𝖥𝗋𝗂 𝟣𝟤 - 𝟩𝖯𝖬
𝖲𝖺𝗍 𝟣𝟤 - 𝟧𝖯𝖬
𝖵𝗂𝗌𝗂𝗍𝗈𝗋 𝖻𝗈𝗈𝗄𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗋𝖾𝗊𝗎𝗂𝗋𝖾𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗀𝗁 𝗂𝗁𝗃𝗈𝗓.𝖼𝗈𝗆
𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰; 𝘎𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘋𝘶𝘴𝘵: 𝘚𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦 | Beirut Art Center is pleased to announce the first institutional presentation of Public Works Studio (PW): a multidisciplinary research, advocacy and design collective based in Beirut. Since its formation in 2012, the collective has been observing how the systematic commodification of land has deprived people of basic rights; namely the right to produce, belong to, appropriate and change lived space, as well as the right to shape individual and collective memories of it. PW has had to find the visual language to grapple with the sheer breadth of the ecological and social challenges in Lebanon, as well as contend with the sprawling yet invisible nature of the interconnected webs of neoliberalism.
𝘕𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘮 𝘊𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘧𝘪: 𝘙𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦 | For his first institutional showing, Choufi presents “The Sky Oscillates Between Eternity and Its Immediate Consequences” (2021). The film explores how the future of smart cities relies on the promise of “sustainable” closed systems in the face of health and ecological crises. Cohabiting the space alongside the film, is Full Body Stretch, a series of sculptures made of PVC tubing, silicon appendages, fiberglass membranes and squirting cloudy fluids. The sculptures, commissioned by Beirut Art Center, function like clunky incontinent waste management systems, full of inefficient twists, turns, and leaks. Across this body of work, Choufi playfully prods the doctrine that technology can solve all of mankind's problems. Rather than address the deeply ingrained social and political causes of these problems, this belief system only deflects the issues of the present to some notion of a better future.

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