Articles written by: Maymanah Farhat

Maymanah Farhat
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on : Friday, 30 Sep, 2011

Capturing Beirut

Although still relatively small as a center for art, and at times quite provincial, Beirut has finally expanded to include several large exhibition spaces. The most significant additions to this scarcely funded art scene have been the non-profit venues the Beirut Art Center and the Beirut Exhibition Center, the latter of which would have benefitted from distinguishing itself from the former with a more imaginative name. When the Beirut Art Center (BAC) opened in 2009, it was expected to f...

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Maymanah Farhat
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on : Tuesday, 7 Sep, 2010

Art for Art’s Sake

Despite its reputation as a world-class destination for culture, Beirut’s art scene has been hindered by sociopolitical factors since the mid 1970s—as the onset of the Lebanese civil war in 1975 marked the end of the city’s reign as an intellectual center. Once home to the region’s leading thinkers, activists and artists, nearly two decades of war not only ravaged the country’s civil infrastructure, it also viciously shook the national psyche. During this time artists often produced ...

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Maymanah Farhat
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on : Thursday, 5 Aug, 2010

Onwards and Upwards

Over the past five years the world has begun looking to the Middle East for contemporary art. The considerable rise in official arts funding and the competitive building of natio...

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