BIEL – Beirut, Lebanon
21 – 24 September, 2017

BEIRUT ART FAIR has selected London-based independent curator Rose Issa, a worldrenowned expert on contemporary Middle-Eastern art, to curate the focal exhibition of its 2017 edition.

Entitled Ourouba, The Eye of Lebanon, the exhibition will reflect the aesthetic, conceptual and socio-political concerns that have surfaced in the Arab world over the last decade. It will feature installations, paintings, photography and sculptural works on loan from major private and institutional collections in Lebanon. The complex, recent history of the notion of “Arabicity” (the literal translation of “ourouba”) will serve as the common thread for the selected works, which bear witness to the diverse paths and inspirations of artists from the Arab world. The exhibition will specifically explore themes relating to memory, destruction and reconstruction, conflict and peace.

These selected works examine the personal, national and regional issues affecting the Arab world in light of recent upheavals:

  • Why we do what we do and accept what is done?
  • How can we resist clichés, injustice, double standards, opportunism and at times even opportunities?

Across diverse media and subject matters, the works reflect the pulse of the region and the nature of artists’ engagement with the political realities they face. In chaos they discover that which endures.

In the booming cultural scene that is Beirut, Ourouba, The Eye of Lebanon will show how artists and collectors with different tastes and visions are challenging the confines of their identity and reshaping the parameters of their cultural traditions.

Participating artists include: Youssef Abdelke, Adel Abidin, Ziad Abillama, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Ziad Antar, Nadim Asfar, Kader Attia, Ayman Baalbaki, Mohamad Said Baalbaki, Oussama Baalbaki, Ginane Bacho, Tanya Bakalian Safieddine, Serwan Baran, Jean Boghossian, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Ali Cherri, Ziad Dalloul, Tagreed Darghouth, Ali Omar Ermes, Mounir Fatmi, Mona Hatoum, Marwan Kassab Bachi, Abdul Rahman Katanani, Hanaa Mallalah, Ahmed Mater, Randa Mirza, Claude Moufarege, Rabih Mroué, Nabil Nahas, Mahmoud Obaidi, The Atlas Group (Walid Raad), Mohammad Rawas, Marwan Sahmarani, Raeda Saadeh, Nadia Safieddine, Nada Sehnaoui, Amer Shomali, Mahmoud Shubbar, Hanibal Srouji, Hady Sy, Katya Traboulsi, Sharif Waked, Fadi Yazigi.