MEI Art Gallery has an exciting and powerful new virtual exhibition available starting today; Lebanon Then and Now: Photography from 2006 to 2020 is an immersive 360° exhibit that features the works of 17 brilliant Lebanese art and documentary photographers, as well as one filmmaker.
Curated by Chantale Fahmi, the images focus on the aftermath of Lebanon’s long civil war (1975-1990), as well as the street protests that erupted on October 17, 2019. Presenting selections from two seminal shows (Lebanon: Between Reality and Fiction, which opened in Paris in September 2019, and Revolt, which opened in Beirut two months later), the result is a cohesive view of the relationship between past and present.
According to MEI:
“The exhibit tells the story of the troubled calm that presaged Lebanon’s current storm and of the struggle for greater social justice and democracy that continues to this day in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
While the show was originally meant to be a physical presentation, the pivot to virtual will allow for a global audience to get involved. It’s an incredibly impressive display, not to mention the immersive tour is a feat in and of itself; the 360° technology is super cool, and really does allow you to feel like you’re meandering through an art gallery IRL. Highly recommended.
You can check out the exhibit now through September 25th, 2020.
Lamia Maria Abillama, Pierre Aboujaoude, Vladimir Antaki, Hussein Beydoun, Myriam Boulos, Ieva Saudargaite Douaihi, Blanche Eid, Maria Kassab, Dalia Khamissy, Jana Khoury, Emilie Madi, Vicky Mokbel, Elias Moubarak, Tanino Musso, Badr Safadi, Jack Seikaly, Omar Sfeir and Marwan Tahtah
The exhibit has been organized in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Beirut Museum of Art, USA (BeMA USA), the Beirut Center of Photography (BCP), and the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL).
Featured image: Revolution in Lebanon, October 17, 2019, Marwan Tahtah