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The Sursock Museum is currently hosting "The Law of Existence," Maha Maamoun's first solo exhibition in Beirut.Working mainly with photography and video, Maamoun has been widely exhibited internationally, and she was a founder of Cairo's Contemporary Image Collective.Across the hall is Maamoun's 25-minute short "Dear Animal".The notes on "Dear Animal" include a 2017 essay commissioned by Ibraaz, which quotes Maamoun saying, "In the couple of years following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, I noticed a rise in the appearance of animals in the writings of people around me.In his short book "Why look at Animals," the late art critic John Berger notes the marginalization of animals in modern society, observing at one point, "The eyes of an animal when they consider a man are attentive and wary. ... The animal scrutinizes him across a narrow abyss of non-comprehension. Maha Maamoun's "The Law of Existence" is up at the Sursock Museum until June 12 .
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