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Maripol: A legend who’s always in style
September 24, 2013 12:06 AM
BEIRUT: Anyone steeped in the urban lore of lower Manhattan in the 1980s probably knows a thing or two about the adventures of Maripol. Born in Morocco and raised in France, Maripol arrived in New York like a crash-landing cosmonaut in the mid-1970s, a time she describes as “the end of...
No solace in silence for Syrians, then and now
September 06, 2013 12:10 AM
BEIRUT: During a performance in May at the Hamra Street theater Masrah al-Madina, five excruciating minutes passed as half a dozen members of the Belgian dance company Damaged Goods tied themselves into a human knot and rolled slowly, awkwardly from one corner of the stage to another. Legs...
Images of atrocity in a digital age
August 20, 2013 12:09 AM
NEW YORK: Now well into its third year of increasingly incoherent violence, the civil war in Syria has heaved a terrible inheritance onto the world. The legacy of the conflict is coming together as a mangled mix of stories and statistics, all glommed onto a rapidly expanding body of toxic...
Too much memory, not enough love
July 27, 2013 12:04 AM
BEIRUT: In “Woes of the True Policeman,” a five-part, fitfully worked but never-finished novel by the late Chilean writer Roberto Bola?o, the students of a Latin American studies professor named Oscar Amalfitano learn a great many things about literature, and about love. They learn to...
Sex, breasts, politics and psychoanalysis
July 01, 2013 12:09 AM
BEIRUT: The centerpiece of Emi Miyashita’s first solo show at the Running Horse Contemporary Art Center in Karantina is an installation of nearly two dozen tiny drawings tucked into dainty, antique-looking frames. Clustered together and hung haphazardly on the wall, they look like a...
An Arab in Venice
June 22, 2013 12:30 AM
VENICE: “You welcomed me twice: once as a dancer, once as an immigrant,” says Malu Guttierrez, a Peruvian living and working in the Italian city of Genoa. “Maybe one day you will welcome me a third time, as a citizen.” “I got used to you, I was changed by you,”...
The Abraaj Group Art Prize names five winners
June 12, 2013 12:39 AM
BEIRUT: Five young artists from Morocco to India have been named the winners of the sixth annual Abraaj Group Art Prize, organizers announced Tuesday. Established in 2008 by the Dubai-based private equity firm, which absorbs all of the winning works into its corporate collection, the prize is...
Taking Venice for the world
June 11, 2013 12:38 AM
VENICE: During the Gulf War of 1990, the Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohammad developed an irregular heartbeat. One of the most prominent artists of his generation, Mohammad had become famous for a series of emotionally charged works in bronze, marble and plaster – such as “Hunger,” “The Challenge” and...
Ruptures and dates, art and political drama
May 25, 2013 12:02 AM
Eleven years have passed since Ashkal Alwan launched the first edition of the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices. What began as a relatively modest engagement has since morphed into an ambitious multidisciplinary event playing out over many days and nights of dance, music, film, theater,...
Timeless matters of life and death
May 11, 2013 12:04 AM
BEIRUT: Lamia Joreige hasn’t had a solo show in Lebanon for six long years. Nearly a decade has passed since she last shared her paintings with the world. None of the galleries she previously worked with (Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Espace Kettaneh-Kunigk) exist today in precisely the same form...
Choucair celebrated at Tate Modern
April 27, 2013 12:11 AM
LONDON: In the spring of 1951, the Lebanese ambassador to France ducked into a Paris gallery to see the debut exhibition of a young artist from Beirut. At the time, Ahmad Daouk was between two stints as prime minister: the first under the French Mandate, the second for just three months under...
A compulsion to write born out of prison
April 17, 2013 12:03 AM
BEIRUT: The Egyptian writer Sonallah Ibrahim published his first and most powerful novel, “Tilka al-Raaiha (That Smell),” when he was just 29 years old, and some 24 months out of prison. That was in 1966. In the nearly five decades since, the book has been banned, pulped, censored,...
Time has passed, but nothing has changed
April 05, 2013 12:03 AM
BEIRUT: Depending who you talk to, it was a crisis, a disturbance, an insurrection, or a revolution. It began with trouble in Tripoli. Soon, people were blowing up bridges and blocking roads. Bombs were tearing through neighborhoods all over Beirut.Men, arms, and ammunitions flushed through the...
Restoration Drama
March 30, 2013 12:02 AM
SHARJAH: The artist Simon Fujiwara has filled a floor of a former bank building in Sharjah with an elaborate installation of photographs, random papers, receipts, a folding ruler, an uncapped highlighter, plastic cups, a water bottle, white gloves, push pins, yarn, sand, a pile of rocks and a...
Dreams of the past, memories for the future
March 16, 2013 12:01 AM
BEIRUT: Late last month, the Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi gave a reading at the Mosaic Rooms in London with one of his most committed translators, André Naffis-Sahely. Laâbi is a national treasure and one of the most respected writers in the Arab world, but he remains...


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