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Every city tells of a long and lively history. Various facets of this city – a child, a dancer, a fisherman, a soldier, a street vendor – are now on show at Artspace Hamra. In "Imprints of a City," the canvasses of Rania H. Atoui, Riyad Ne'mah and Mireille Adel Merhej detail their individual perspectives of Lebanon's capital, capturing their own relationships to Beirut through its pop culture, public spaces and the common folk who activate both.Her "Beirut and Corniche" series tells vivid stories of people and their backgrounds. In a series of snapshot-like frames depicting his movement across the canvas, "Mahmoud," 2016, captures a bespectacled gent in a white presidential suit. To the right of the frame, the figure carries a red hand-held stereo as he moves across a rocky cliff. This appreciation of the common man is echoed in the postage stamp-inspired work of Riyad Ne'mah. Typically, stamps are embellished with renderings of famous leaders or cultural icons. Mireille Adel Merhej's work conjures up nostalgia about the simplicity and beauty of the past.
A bird’s eye view of cityscapes
Remembering when Beirut thrived
Walid Nahas’ symphonies of color
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