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Mallat doesn't feel defined by his nationality.The temporary home for Instituto Cervantes de Beirut – dedicated to the dissemination of Spanish language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries – the cylinder is an appropriate space for "Unearthed," Mallat says, as it "broke a mould of the conventional art world".His idea was to present art in an educational space and break conventional "consumerist and commercialist ideas about art" and art spaces.The body parts belong to people Mallat has come across.Mallat's "Charities" is a series of tree-mannequin sculptures – fig and loquat trees in flirtatious poses also shown in Mallat's previous exhibition, "Roots".Inspired by the work of Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovi, Mallat collaborated with Swiss artist Sara Koller to explore how far one can stretch and manipulate the participant's personhood.Ramzi Mallat's "Unearthed" is on show through March 16 .
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