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BEIRUT: Zena el-Khalil's latest solo show "Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon" sets high goals for itself – purging the negative energy lingering over the exhibition site from Lebanon's Civil War.The site is Beit Beirut – the former Barakat Building, whose ruin was saved from demolition and preserved from collapse, and has been open only periodically since then. Organized by Fondazione Merz and Liban Art, Khalil's 40-day show marks the space's latest opening. Once a residential building, the four-story structure is located on what once was the Civil War-era "Green Line," the no man's land that divided the city into West and East Beirut.The other major work, "17,000 x Forgiveness," is spread over the second and third floors and accompanied by a sound installation she created using a poem she recorded in the building's basement and in Khiam Prison – the detention center used by the Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army before 2000 .Built in 1924, Beit Beirut was taken over by militiamen when the Barakat family fled the Civil War.Khalil hopes that her exhibition will be one step toward keeping the space in continuous use."Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon" is open daily at Beit Beirut through Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 12-6 p.m.
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