press release

Modern Art Oxford presents the UK’s most comprehensive exhibition of work by artists, architects, performers, writers and thinkers emerging from Beirut today.

Since the end of the civil war in 1990, Beirut has become a fertile ground for radical and innovative art making and critical thought. The exhibition introduces to the UK new and recent work by artists who have been at the forefront of this activity across the disciplines of visual arts, performance, and architecture. Issues of history, memory, identity and the reconstruction of the public and private sphere within the context of globalisation are central to this work. International in scope, the varied forms of practice encompassed by the exhibition raise questions about the role of art and artists within changing societies and the ways in which artistic expression born out of specific contexts can speak of broader realities with which we might identify.

The exhibition includes new works made for the exhibition, among them, a powerful new installation by artist and film theorist Jalal Toufic and new photographic and video work by Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari.

Artists in the exhibition include Ziad Abillama, Tony Chakar, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lamia Joreige, Bernard Khoury, Lina Saneh, Rabih Mroué, Walid Raad, Walid Sadek, Jalal Toufic, Paola Yacoub and Michel Lasserre, Akram Zaatari.