Whistling in the Dark

When: January 21st until March 1st
Opening: January 21st from 6 to 10pm
Where: Workshop Gallery

ARTISTS GROUP SHOW (In the presence of the artists)
Vartan Avakian / Daniel Barroca / Maeve Brennan / Ilaria Lupo / Joe Namy
Curated by Aischa Berg

You whistle in the dark to courageously confront an imaginary incertitude. The sound is extending, resonating out of your body while you try and overcome your doubts in the hope that it will turn out well. However, instead of finding shelter, you are exposed in a maze. You might approach a situation with limited understanding or no awareness of its potential results. You talk about matters although lacking sufficient knowledge of them. What will happen if we decide to face the figments of this uncertainty? The uncertainty of knowing what is real…

Moving through time and space, on a continuous quest … artists from other parts of the world come to reside and work here in Beirut for a couple of months or even years …also those artists born and raised in Lebanon … or those who after years return to the country of their origin. What are their linking forces? Whistling in the Dark opens up a dialogue between some of them and seeks new points of entry to their works.

The exhibited artists investigate and raise questions concerning history and reality. In this quest, the medium of recording in all its varieties becomes an indispensable asset. Recordings are traces. A sound piece, a videotape and a drawing convey an image of truth. Is a stone also a container of traces, of time and history?