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On the Politics of Art and Space in Beirut

2009

Abstract

This paper considers the changing nature of art spaces in Beirut over the last fifteen years. Contrary to the experiences of nearby cities such as Cairo, Alexandria, Amman and Istanbul, the art scene in Beirut hinges on artist-led initiatives that, until recently, have been operating without spaces of their own. This paper explores the benefits and detriments of this now shifting situation, and suggests that ‘spacelessness’ has encouraged artists and curators to engage more meaningfully and directly with the city itself.

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