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The archive has been particularly prominent in Lebanese contemporary practices, not least among those artists that writers have termed "the '90s generation" – a cluster of (in many ways dissimilar) artists who came of age during the country's 1975-1990 Civil War, whose concerns and preferred media defied easy comparison to those of Lebanon's previous generation of artists.This resonance bleeds into "Art and Archives," the show currently being hosted by the Tourism Ministry's Glass Hall at the beginning of Hamra Street. The show features new work by four artists – Reem Akl, Doris Frohnapfel, Ranier Merkel and Siska. While the theme of archival practice is perhaps not as fresh and sexy as it once was, individual pieces in this show suggest "the archive" can still inspire interesting art."Art and Archives" opened on May 29 with an event that provided its artists with an opportunity to present their works personally. Both Siska and Akl chose to work with images – photography, film and video. Neither video was actually operative when The Daily Star visited "Art and Archives". "Art and Archives" is up at the Tourism Ministry's Glass Hall through June 20 .
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