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In "Bridge to Palestine," the group show now up at the Beirut Exhibition Center, curator Mark Hachem has chosen to showcase work by 18 artists of Palestinian origin, some living in exile, others in Palestine.Whether by chance or design, many of the best-known contemporary artists of Palestinian origin – Taysir Batniji, Samia Halaby, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Khalil Rabah and Larissa Sansour, say – are nowhere in evidence in "Bridge to Palestine," except insofar as their work may have influenced the artists on show, most of whom were born in the 1970s. In keeping with the exhibition's theme, the artworks all relate in some way to Palestine, the Palestinian diaspora, or Palestinian identity. Black-and-white photographs by Rania Matar, capturing families in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon, where Matar was born to Palestinian parents in 1964, are perhaps the most direct.One of the more interesting installation pieces on show in "Bridge to Palestine" is Nasser Soumi's "Icon to Jafa"."Bridge to Palestine" is up at the Beirut Exhibition Center until Aug. 3 .
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