Art on a Green Line

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In a recent conference titled Space and Place held at the American University of Beirut, Walid Sadek, a prominent Lebanese artist, expressed his frustration with clichéd discourse that only focuses on the relations between Lebanese sects while talking about peace and war in the country. Sadek implored scholars and intellectuals to find new ways to examine the hardships of Lebanon. Yet, as Edward Said – whose book Orientalism begins in war-torn Beirut – informed us, it is extremely hard to deviate from entrenched discourses. This is certainly the case in situations where security has not been genuinely established, and where a chance for a thorough reflection about the past, present and future has not yet occurred.

What do you think? Your thoughts, remarks, and comments about the subjects and objects of this experimental exhibition will contribute to my current research and to future endeavors.

Thanks for taking the time to visit this exhibition.

 Looking forward to hearing from you,

 Johnny Alam

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