At a press conference Thursday at the Sursock Museum, Lebanese Pavilion curator Nada Ghandour announced the theme for the Lebanese Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and presented the details of the project.
The conference took place in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Judge Mohammad Wissam Mortada, who said: “‘Art is a step between what is obvious and well known, towards what is mysterious and hidden’ – Gibran Khalil Gibran. Art resides in this immense and marvelous “unknown”, where the words fly away. Today, the Lebanese pavilion in Venice unfolds. “Current” Lebanon is broken; thus, the compelling need to emerge from the crisis has resulted in the establishment of an opulent art scene to express and reflect its traumas and achievements, while Lebanon’s presence in Venice responds to this call.
Placed under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture and organized by the Lebanese Association of Visual Arts (LVAA), the Lebanese Pavilion of the Biennale Arte 2022 will present the works of filmmaker and videographer Danielle Arbid – from the diaspora and based in Paris – and visual artist Ayman Baalbaki – who lives and works in Beirut – with a scenography designed by Aline Asmar from Amman, architect and founder of Culture in Architecture.
During her speech, Nada Ghandour said: “This artistic project, influenced by the Lebanese context and which echoes global issues, invites us on a symbolic journey into the contemporary world through a theme, a city and two artists. The economic, social and political crisis that Lebanon has been facing since the end of 2019 is unprecedented. Its echoes will resound through the Arsenal thanks to the work of the two chosen artists, who have maintained a political and aesthetic dialogue. This exhibition in Venice offers everyone a space for symbolic exchange around the history of Lebanon and today’s society.
Ghandour added: “The ambition of this project is to allow the Lebanese art scene to shine on the international map of contemporary art and to send a strong message of commitment and encouragement to the artists of this country who is currently going through the most difficult times in its history. . Lebanon’s artistic sector has therefore become important to ensure its continuity, particularly with the economic benefits that this implies.