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BEIRUT: It's a horror film staple: The protagonist awakes to find the city deserted. Streets are empty of people, windows dark, cars neatly parked in rows or abandoned askew in the center of the street.In the work of Spanish artist Jose Mar?a Jimenez, the eerie pointlessness of a city stripped of people becomes a reflection of the loneliness and alienation of the individual among strangers. "Unveiled City" is Jimenez's first exhibition but the painstakingly rendered pencil drawings currently on show at Saifi Village's Vick Vanlian Gallery are not new. Each of the works on show captures a real location, the artist says."Moloch" captures a wide road divided into thin lanes by pale lines stretching away from the viewer. Towering buildings, their featureless walls punctuated by narrow slits of darkness in place of windows, create a sense of being hemmed in, which is only exacerbated by the background, where the road appears to rise straight upwards, forming a sheer wall that blocks any chance of escape.
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