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Lebanon : realities & fictions

60 min visit

Arab World institute
11 Sep → 24 Nov 2019
From Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Sat & Sun until 7 pm. Closed Mon.

« A sensitive and realistic view of today's Lebanon... »

A new generation of Lebanese photographers to discover at the IMA. A dense, sensitive and revealing journey of a country in full regeneration. Recognized creators or those who have not yet been shown much in France, artists participate in an artistic effervescence that shows through the course of the exhibition. As part of the third edition of the Biennale of Photographers of the Contemporary Arab World, the IMA is highlighting the Lebanese scene with photographic works, most of which have been produced over the past decade. Exiled, "foreigners" passing through or new residents: it is a diversity of motives and approaches that must be discovered. The years of civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990) had a profound impact on all photographers. The need to maintain the memory of a lost architectural heritage, to show the stigmas of the conflict, seemed to be at the heart of their artistic concerns. Some current works preserve the memory of it; but a new generation is emerging from it and tackling new themes. A diversity of motives and approaches, a dialogue of sensitivities feeds the spirit of the exhibition. The majority of the works on display were created in the course of the year 2010. Articulated in two stages, the exhibition shows in a first sequence, of a documentary nature, the connection with geographical, urban and social reality, history, the duty to remember, the mixing of communities, exile. The second, escaping the constraints of realism, brings together artists who lead us into other landscapes, dreamed or invented, expressing the quest for an elsewhere, the desire to escape. The works brought together approach the register of fiction, cultivate the imagination, developing forms such as photomontage or digital collage.


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