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Beirut Art Critics

Dear BACritics readers,

We have lost full access to our blog.

In fact, the creation of “artsbeirut.wordpress.com” was an exercise during a course at university. We took this exercise far beyond the classroom walls and was a start of a dream come true. Being able to assist to many exhibitions and contribute to the Lebanese cultural scene was exciting and full of bright surprises and enriching experience. The part that allowed all contributors to have access to this one blog, was the teacher, that is surprisingly not responsive to our requests to gain full access to this blog. Having full access will enable us to take it a step further. Perhaps, he also lost access to his email, phone etc.

Due to these circumstances, we ask you to follow us on Facebook to keep up with our news. Eventually, a new blog or website will be created to keep in touch with you.

Thank you.

For those who would like to know a little bit more about us, you can read this brief in french from the Agenda Culturel

Contact us on beirutartcritics.mail@gmail.com


“An anthem of life” art for a good cause


On Wednesday 9 March 2016, Cynthia Sarkis Perros – LUXURY LIMITED EDITION will be launching ART FOR LIFE, a yearly art exhibition aiming to benefit a non-lucrative organization with more than 100 Lebanese artists including painters, sculptors and photographers at the modern LE YACHT CLUB-BEIRUT gallery in Zaitunay Bay.

This year, ART FOR LIFE will be raising funds for TAMANNA, a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

This event will host an extensive guest list including top VIP’s, businessmen, art collectors, the media and the bloggers for a common cause, which is TO NEVER GIVE UP.


SCUDERIA LEBANON SAL, will be present with their latest Ferrari models displayed within the gallery.

BSL BANK, a consistent supporter of cultural events and Lebanese artists, will partner up with ART FOR LIFE on this occasion.

ANTOINE HAKIM JOAILLIERS will add their own touch in celebrating life through arts and jewelry.

Sincere gratitude goes to all the artists and to the LEBANESE ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS – LAAPS for their gracious contribution to this exhibition.

ART FOR LIFE will be open to the public from 10 to 13 March from 11 AM to 8 PM.


Ahlam Abbas, May Abboud, Mohammad Abdallah, Hana Abdel Khalek, Daisy Abi Jaber, Daad Abi Saab Souki, Nizar Abou Kays, Sacha Abou Khalil, Sara Abou Mrad, Jad Abou Zeki, Layla Almoussawi, Georges Amatoury, Rania Amro, Rima Amyuni, Youssef Aoun, Maria Arida, Aziza Assad, Rima Assi Dalloul, Maher Attar, Assem Ayoub, Alfred Badr, Badre Badre, Haibat Balaa Bawwab, Bénédicte Bali, Noura Baydoun, Elie Bekhazi, Zaher El Bizri, Rania Bohlok, Rached Bohsali, Bokja Design, Roula Chamseddine, Fouad Chehab, Wafica Chehab, Roula Chreim, Mahmoud Daoud, Hiba Darwish, Elias Dib, Mona Ezzedine, Leone Fabiano, Imad Fakhri, Amal Fakih, Joseph Faloughi, Charbel Fares, Rima Farroukh, Aline Fattal, Vanessa Gemayel, Hala Gharzeddine, Layal Gholam, Elsa Ghossoub, Mansour El Habre, Maya Hage, Nasser Al Halabi, Kameel Hawa, Najla Hobeiche, Assia Hobeika Massabki, Mohamed Hourani, Hania Husami, Emile Issa, Darine Jaber, Sayde Jabra, Yahya Al Jamal, Nada Karam, Pierre Karam, Zohrab Keshishian, Mona Kabbani Khater, Suzanne Khairallah, Sarah Khayat, Haifa Khodr Husni Bey, Alexandre Khoury, Charles Khoury, Jad El Khoury, Adel Kodeih, Sahar Labban, Nabil Melki, George Merheb, Simon Mhanna, Lydia Moawad, Iman Mokadam, Véra Mokbel, Vicky Mokbel, Jinan Moussa, Alberto Nehme, Randa Nehme, Samira Nehme, Youssef Nehme, Yasmina Nysten, Soraya Obeid, Jacqueline Ohanian, Riad Oueida, Dima Raad, Marina Ramadi, Lamis Rammal, Nayla Romanos Iliya, Michel Rouhana, Soha Sabbagh, Reine Salem, Amin Sammakieh, Rida Al Sayed, Nada Sehnaoui, Souheil Semaan, Caroline Semerjian, George Seryao, Antoine Soued, Mohamad Succarie, Missak Terzian, Atef Tohme, Carole Torbey, Gulene Torossian Der Boghossian, Nada Traboulsi, Zena Yachoui, Hassan Yateem, Rawia Zantout, Ghassan Zard, Fouad Zibawi, Farid Zoghbi, Marianna Zoghbi, Sara Zoghbi.


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Tamara Al Samerraei ou l’invitation au voyage…

Tamara Al Samerraei, Fleeting Fences

22 septembre – 15 octobre, Galerie Agial

Dès notre entrée dans l’espace de l’exposition, nous sommes happées loin de l’enfer des embouteillages de Hamra par le monde de Tamara Al Samerraei, enlevés par l’oiseau tout comme cette petite fille en culotte rouge dans la vitrine, emmenés on ne sait trop où, immergés dans une ambiance  enigmatique. 

Des surfaces blanches qui s’emboîtent : des toiles coupées, décollées, puis fixées sur d’autres, tirées sur châssis, enfin accrochées sur des murs blancs.

Il est difficile de ne pas ressentir l’omniprésence de “SomethingWhite” (2008) dans “Fleeting Fences”. Ce sont les mêmes blancs qui nous invitent à nous plonger dans l’univers ambigu de l’artiste pour achever l’œuvre. Des monstres, des chiens, des avions, des pistes d’atterrissage, des aplats de couleur noire, reviennent de manière récurrente. Sont-ce les angoisses de Samerrai ou les nôtres ? Ses rêves ou ses cauchemars ? Des résurgences de son enfance, ou de toute enfance telle qu’elle la conçoit ?

La petite fille devient, tour à tour, femme téméraire, guerrière, séductrice voire perverse. Elle est retournée vers son enfance cette fois-ci confinée à des souvenirs lointains et incertains, à un paysage sensible et cérébral à la fois. Dans ce paysage d’avant et d’ailleurs s’immiscent les traces de la réalité sous la forme de photos de famille imprimées, réimprimées, collées, décollées déchirées ou complétées…. Une incursion qui devient invasion, s’acharne sur la petite fille – annihilée, elle devient de plus en plus petite, volatile, presque transparente, tout juste une trace, un signe d’invitation à l’introsprection.

Ranine Homsy et Maya Hage.

Dial 911 for the new Middle East: a promenade

Protagonists: Ranine, Marie

Occasion: The Feel Collective, Dial 911 for the new Middle East, The Running Horse Contemporary art Space

Date and time: Thursday 15 September, 3 PM (Exhibition is on til 24 September)

Too bad we missed the opening on 9/11. Or, let us rephrase it, too bad we missed the performances by Paed Conca , Stéphane Rives and Fadi Tabbal from ‘under the carpet’, and then the Incompetents…

We came to the Running Horse the following Thursday, exhausted by three hours of driving around looking for cupcakes (by the way, we still don’t know where the best in town can be found. Marie still claims she can beat any bakery, but I’m skeptical…. Anyway, back on track)

Us being Ranine and Marie, we had to start our visit by the end. With the office at the back of the room. To all our museum studies professors: YES WE BROKE SOCIETY’S ARBITRARY RULES AND THE DICTATORSHIP OF EXHIBITION SPACES AS PROCESSIONAL TEMPLES! Now shoot us or applaud, whatever you prefer.

Out of the gallery’s offices, we stumble upon the design corner. Kind of like when you visit a museum and you can leave with a  mug printed with a famous painting, except edgier and 100 percent local production. There are t-shirts, scarves, ipad cases in a variety of colours, all decorated with patterns derived from the exhibition’s artwork, such as airplanes or Kalashinkov AK-47 guns  (we guess this was it). We say thumbs up to the nicely designed, locally-made, clever products, to art as fashion and art as design as fashion. The prices? More art-collector-friendly…

We promise we’re starting with the proper exhibition review. Only, the wrong way around and back again. Sorry.

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what is Lebanese art, after all?

I recently participated in the organization of an exhibition currently on show at the Beirut Exhibition Center, called Rebirth: Lebanon XXIst Century Contemporary Art. It showcases 49 Lebanese artists of all ages who all display works connected to the exhibition’s title in some way or another.

Being assistant curator, it would of course be completely dishonest of me to review my own exhibition. However, I’d like to share with you a text I wrote for the exhibition’s catalogue, where I (attempt / try /kind of) discuss the nature of Lebanese art. I’d love your opinion!

On the Lebanese-ness of Lebanese Art