One year after the devastating explosion in Beirut, find out how 15 artists from the Middle East reflect on creativity amid uncertainty
On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion in the port of Beirut devastated the Lebanese capital, killing more than 200 people and destroying thousands of homes. The tragedy was felt to many in the nation as the culmination of the history of the destruction of Lebanon – a story that began with the Lebanese civil war of 1975, and which has endured in the deep precariousness of daily life.
Almost a year later, the exhibition “II know the night“ brings together the work of 15 artists from the Middle East whose works reflect a creative resilience in the midst of struggle. Organized by Marc Mouarkech, the exhibition is hosted at Studio la Città in Verona in collaboration with Galerie Tanit in Beirut.
“I decided to organize an exhibition dedicated to Lebanon mainly out of solidarity with a gallery that I have known for 50 years and because I think what happened is a really terrible event for those affected,” said Hélène de Franchis, owner of Studio la Città.
The exhibition takes its name from a poem by Robert Frost and reflects these artists’ familiarity with tragedy. The works on display speculate on the effects of witnessing destruction over decades and how memory, the subconscious, and defense mechanisms work to create spaces where people can imagine new and alternate realities.
See the images from “I Know the Night” below.
“II know the nightIs on view at Studio la Città, Verona, in collaboration with Galerie Tanit, Beirut, until September 25, 2021.
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