ŠamaŠ | Zad Moultaka
A touring presentation of the Lebanese Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial, 2017
Date: June 1 – June 25, 2018
Location: Sursock Museum
ŠamaŠ, the project of the Lebanese Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennal, intends to be at the center of the questioning of the sacred in the very heart of Man through a spatial, temporal, and sound dialogue between sites of terrible violence past, present, and future, full of symbolic power of the Near East. ŠamaŠ is rooted mentally, physically, and philosophically in the refusal of the drama that we are witnessing in this solar region of the world, that is the Middle East, the cradle of eastern and western civilizations. The Arab apocalypse, which threatens to put an end to these civilizations, is not unavoidable. Today’s Man has been ripped from the soil and fallen down from the sky. Deaf and blind to the essence of things, he is programming his own obliteration, hastening with it, by anxiety, the crumbling of the world.
ŠamaŠ is a touring presentation of the Lebanese Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial, 2017. The Sursock Museum is its point of departure. It will then go on to be presented in Finland, Norway, the UK, and Australia.
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