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Two weeks into Lebanon's popular uprising, several of the country's prominent cultural institutions presented a united front with an "open strike" in solidarity with protesters. As the civil disobedience campaign entered its third week, more nuance was evident on the cultural scene.Some believe the demos have increased culture's political role. Joumana Asseily, founder of Marfa' Gallery in the Port District, returned to regular hours for the first time Tuesday, Nov. 5 . Ghattas said this is not the first time he has put on shows through turbulent political times.Prior to the protests, Ghattas said, the country's economic situation forced him to lower ticket prices.Uncertainty is consistent across Lebanon, cultural sector included. Asseily said road closures have made stable gallery hours hard. Aida Cherfan has maintained limited hours at her eponymous Downtown Beirut gallery since the protests began. Galerie Tanit founder Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, who kept her gallery open with limited hours in the uprisings' first two weeks, gave another reason she didn't close -- to explain the revolution to foreign visitors.The open strike in the cultural sector, ultimately hurts the employees of private, commercial galleries like hers, Kettaneh-Kunigk said.Some institutions that participated in the strike have since reopened.
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