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This piece is the second of a series of two looking into the impact of Lebanon's present security situation on commercial and nonprofit art spaces around Beirut.Lebanon's precarious security situation and the resulting slowdown in the country's economy have had a financial impact on Beirut's art exhibitors. Commercial and nonprofit spaces alike have felt the effect on attendance, insurance, programming and ensuring the safety of work. Like Ashkal Alwan, most institutions have found ways to ensure their programmed events and exhibitions have gone ahead, though the threat of unpredictable violence makes attracting viewers more of a challenge. The effect of security threats on attendance fluctuates on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis.As for the association's regular events, audiences always vary.Like commercial galleries, nonprofit spaces such as the BAC – which often imports valuable work for temporary exhibitions – also grapple with the issue of insurance, which is negotiated on a case-by-case basis.For organizations such as the Arab Image Foundation, who archive irreplaceable documents, ensuring physical safety of the work is paramount.Despite the challenges, gallerists like Barakat, Begdache and Andree Sfeir-Semler remain dedicated to promoting art in Lebanon, whether or not their exhibitions are profitable.Barakat organizes regular, nonprofit exhibitions at Baabda's Jesuit school, College Notre Dame de Jamhour.
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