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For long decades […] we only welcomed and read those who sympathized with our causes, and identified with our identities. I believe that the last two decades have witnessed some thoughtful and successful attempts to break these rigid moulds, and to place the seriousness of ideas and preoccupations as the criteria for calling upon a certain intellectual, from the far ends of the earth, to come and present her/his work and ideas to us. —Christine Tohme, Director, Ashkal Alwan   Initiated in 2002 and taking place every 2 years for a period of 14 days, across different venues in Beirut, Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices aims to present to a local and international audience a full iteration of performances, exhibitions, lectures, panels, screenings and publications put together and prompted by the necessity to gather and discuss a common set of urgent, timely questions.   The work of the forum’s participants endeavors to create methods of critical inquiry and aesthetic form capable of conveying those questions meaningfully – and proposing possible solutions. Now in its seventh edition, Home Works 7 is curated by Frie Leysen, Bassam El Baroni and Christine Tohme. It will feature 12 performances, an exhibition titled What Hope Looks Like After Hope (On Constructive Alienation) followed by a series of artist talks and an additional exhibition titled On Water, Rosemary, and Mercury. The forum will also include 4 artist projects/ commissions, 23 talks/ panels and 5 lecture-performances, as well as 4 new publications and 16 film screenings.

Upcoming Elsewhere & Around

Sci-Fi Trilogy | Larissa Sanso...
Apr - Jun 2018

Sci-Fi Trilogy | Larissa SansourDate: April 11 – June 6, 2018 Location: Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture presents Sci-Fi Trilogy, an exhibition by Larissa Sansour. The exhibition brings together three of Sansour’s films – A Space Exodus (2009), Nation Estate (2012) and In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain (2016). […]
Screening | Naguib Mahfouz �...
Mar 2018

Screening | Naguib Mahfouz & Egyptian 70s MoviesDate: March 15 – March 22, 2018 Location: Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Re)discover Hassan al-Imam & Hussein Kamal movie adaptations of Nobel Prize of Literature Naguib Mahfouz’s novels. This screening is in collaboration with Nadi Lekol Nas. Al-Sukkariyya (1973) 120min | Arabic (Egyptian dialect) Comedy, Drama Thur. March 15th – 7pm Director: Hassan al-Imam With Yahia Shahein, […]
The Story of the Rubber Tree |...
Mar - Jun 2018

The Story of the Rubber Tree | Abed Al KadiriDate: March 9 – June 4, 2018 Location: Sursock Museum (Twin Galleries) The Story of the Rubber Tree is an ongoing project that examines the histories of Beirut’s abandoned houses, frequently re-inhabited and invaded by rubber trees. Once planted to provide shade in urban gardens, rubber trees now grow wild in the absence of people […]
Pierre Sadek: Picturing Histor...
Feb - Apr 2018

Pierre Sadek: Picturing History | Pierre SadekDate: February 8 – April 30, 2018 Location: Sursock Museum Though rooted in a very specific world-historical era, Pierre Sadek’s work is timeless. It constitutes a meticulous record of the history of a region in political, existential and violent turmoil, documenting the names, faces and events that captured the world’s attention during a time of […]
Knots’n Dust | Francis A...
Jan - May 2018

Knots’n Dust | Francis AlÿsDate: January 31 – May 3, 2018 Location: Beirut Art Center Francis Alÿs’ show at Beirut Art Center gathers works, both early and recent, that explore zones of turbulence, the motions at the core and the spread out effects, ranging from the minuscule to the monumental. The show reflects on the notion of turbulence, from […]
New Sites for the Museum Depar...
Jan - Apr 2018

New Sites for the Museum Departments or four places to visit Heaven | Khalil RabahDate: January 18 – April 7, 2018 Location: Sfeir-Semler Gallery The exhibition presents a new iteration of The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind; Khalil Rabah’s ongoing inquiry into the ways in which history is socially constructed through material embedded in identity and culture. Founded in 1995, and taking the historical and geopolitical context […]
Yassin Haute Couture | Raed Ya...
Jan - Apr 2018

Yassin Haute Couture | Raed Yassin Tea SetDate: January 17 – April 7 2018 Location: Marfa’ Gallery In this multimedia exhibition, Raed Yassin immerses viewers in a plethora of images, sounds, lights, forms, memoirs culled from pop culture, where he laces facts, histories with fiction to invoke a romanticized representation of the past and simultaneously conceal deep personal wounds. The artist has […]