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Dust is in the air at the Beirut Art Center these days, where work by Belgian-born Francis Alys is being exhibited not far from that of U.K.-born Naeem Mohaiemen. The main exhibition hall is showing "Knots'n dust," a selection of Alys' objects, images and electronic art. In its upstairs gallery, BAC is projecting Mohaiemen's "Two Meetings and Funeral," his three-screen video installation from 2017 .Curated by BAC director Marie Muracciole, this is Alys' first solo show in the Middle East.The show also brings two new works to Alys' oeuvre – an animated short with the working title "Exodus 3:14" and an untitled postcard series.While a series of framed, natural history-style sketches provide a glossary of terms, the 2006 work "Knots" (walks) – hanging in BAC's skylight – uses a series of loops and hitches to recount the details of a stroll in Mexico, Alys' home."Tornado" documents Alys' decadelong effort to find and record that still point.One work stands as a stationary (and personal) counterpoint to the movement-driven practice of many of Alys' time-based works.
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