"The New Normal" at The HANGAR March 10-12 (Photo by Zhang Wei)
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Nestled among the sprawling streets of Haret Hreik in Beirut's southern suburbs is The HANGAR. The vast and minimalist space was home to the first iteration of the exhibition, "The New Normal," a collaborative artistic response to the unfamiliar or atypical becoming standard, even expected.The artist was not only referring to the clashes that shook the neighboring Burj al-Barajneh area on the opening night of the exhibition, but also the tense political situation in Turkey, where Adashand is based, as well as the election of U.S. president Donald Trump, the U.K.'s exit from the EU and the right-wing populist movements gaining support across Europe.The raw and intimate reimaginations of everyday narratives covered as many topics as there were artists, with environmental, economic and social issues all touched upon, to name a few. However, the curators underlined the project was not about making art as a tool of activism, but about processing the new global order through art. Beirut's southern suburbs are not commonly associated with the arts, something else the curators feel should change.The Beirut exhibition of "The New Normal" will be followed by a second iteration in Istanbul from May 5-7 .
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