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Photomed Liban: Showcasing the hidden concepts of the world

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - January 16, 2015, 11h46
Par Cindy Riechau
Stromboli, Italie- Bernard Plossu
Photo and Video exhibitions in the upcoming second “Photomed Beirut” explain philosophical worldviews, prove solidarity between poor Arab women and showcase Beirut’s golden times.
“We are the universe pretending to be isolated individuals. Our reality as we know it, is the result of the union between the observer and what is observed,” the artists Anna Cabrera and Angel Albarrán say.

According to the Spanish couple, tools like photography and imagination can make the hidden concepts of the world visible. Their photo exhibition “The Mouth Of Krishna” visualizes connections between things and tries to order the alleged chaos of the world. It is part of this year’s “Photomed Liban” festival, taking place between January 21st and February 15th and presenting photographs and videos from artists all around the world in several galleries and exhibition centers in the city.

Algerian photographer Arslane Bestauoi, for instance, will exhibit a photo reportage about abandoned women in Oran’s oldest district of Sidi el Hoari. Single women, widows, housewives and their children live here together in poverty but at the same time in solidarity. The photographer was awarded for and financed by the World Press Photo grant for the Maghreb for the reportage shown in Jisr El Wati starting from January 23rd.

This year’s second edition of the visual festival in Lebanon will show historical material as well as contemporary art.

Pictures from the Oriental Library of Saint-Joseph University and unpublished pictures from Lebanon’s Ministry of Tourism dating back to the 1950s enrich the festival. The latter ones are exhibited in Downtown’s “Hotel Le Gray”, showcasing Beirut and its modern architecture and seashores, its glamorous nightlife and its happy-go-lucky people during the period between the 1950s and 1970s. The “Beirut in Motion” show pays tribute to all those who remember the city in its golden times as well as to this fascinating city itself.

As well as the several exhibitions, visitors can also visit workshops and portfolio readings with professionals in the field of visual arts.

The Photomed Festival was originally founded in the French city “Sanary-Sur-Mer”. Beirut hosted the photo and video exhibition the first time last year, presenting the highlights of the Mediterranean area captured in visual arts.

Program of 2015:

Video Collection of the European house of photography, Paris with works by Adel Abdessemed – Alain Fleischer – Miller Levy – Chris Quanta (Station Jisr El Wati near the Beirut Art Center, 23.01. – 11.02., 2:00pm – 7:00pm)

“Abstract Realities” by Serge Najjar (Station Jisr El Wati near the Beirut Art Center, 23.01. – 11.02., 2:00pm – 7:00pm)

“Welcome on Board” by Patrice Terraz (Institut Français de Beyrouth, Espace des Lettres, Damascus Road, 23.01. – 15.02, 11:00am – 7:00pm)

“Cadets” by Paolo Verzone (SV Gallery, Aris Kanafani Street, Saifi Village, 22.01. – 11.02., 10:00am – 1:30pm)

Photography Collection Of The Oriental Library Of The Saint Joseph University (169 Gallery in Mkhalassiye Street, Saifi Village 22.01. – 11.02., 12:00pm – 8:00pm)

“Mediterraneo” by Mimmo Jodice (Byblos Bank Headquarters, Elias Sarkis Avenue, Ashrafieh, 21.01. – 11.02., 4:00pm – 8:00pm)

“The Moroccans” by Leila Alaoui (Beirut Jewellery Souks, Central District, 22.01. – 11.02., 12:00pm – 8:00pm)

“Italian Photography” by Silvia Camporesi, Simona Ghizzoni, Beatrice Pediconi, Fabrizio Bellomo, Massimo Siragusa (Beirut Jewellery Souks, Central District, 22.01. – 11.02., 12:00pm – 8:00pm)

“The Croatian Cherubs” by Keiichi Tahara (Beirut Jewellery Souks, Central District, 22.01. – 11.02., 12:00pm – 8:00pm)

“The Small Italian Islands Off Season” by Bernard Plossu (Institut Français de Beyrouth, Espace des Lettres, Damascus Road, 23.01. – 15.02., 11:00am – 7:00 pm)

“Dreamland” by Barbara Luisi (Beirut Jewellery Souks, Central District, 22.01. – 11.02., 12:00pm – 8:00pm)

“Beirut In Motion”: Collection of Photos from the Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon (Hotel Le Gray, Martyr’s Square, Central District, 22.01. – 11.02.2015, 9:30am – 10:00 pm)

“The Women Of Sidi El Houari” by Arslane Bestaoui (Station Jisr El Wati near the Beirut Art Center, 31.01. – 11.02., 2:00 pm – 7:00pm)

“The Mouth Of Krishna” by Albarran Cabrera (Beirut Jewellery Souks, Central District, 22.01. – 11.02., 12:00pm – 8:00pm)
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