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Exhibition "I Spy with My Little Eye..."

From September 12, 2015 until November 23, 2015Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and from 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Closed on tuesday 27 october
Casa Árabe exhibition halls (at Calle Alcalá, 62). Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Free entrance until the event’s capacity is reached.

Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented, it explores a shift in artistic practice and individual concerns within a fiercely independent new generation of artists connected to Beirut.

I Spy with My Little Eye… explores the practices of a new generation of artists most of whom are in their late twenties to early thirties. All of them were born after the break out of the war in 1975, and thus none of them have experienced the time of peace and prosperity preceding the war. Some in this group don’t remember the Civil War at all, and those who do could have no adult recollection of the conflict that ended in 1990. However, for both, those who do and who don’t, what differentiates them from the widely known and celebrated post- civil war generation, is the way in which they bring a new set of formal and semantic interests to their practice that is removed from the preceding generation’s focus on archives and documentary. They favor the personal over the collective and the formalistic over the outright political. And for the most part, they do not choose to make the Civil War an entry point of their artistic practice.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Caline Aoun, George Awde, Mirna Bamieh, Nour Bishouty, Pascal Hachem, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Aya Haidar, Geörgette Power, Joe Namy, Stéphanie Saadé, Siska, Lara Tabet and Tala Worrell.

With materials that range from intimate personal memorabilia to the unconfined elements of nature, their work is imbued with a sense of fleetness, transience and fragility. In performances and installations that recruit conceptual and formal elements from painting, photography, sculpture and film, they are choosing to tease out the conventional boundaries that define the different disciplines from which they borrow.

The exhibition employs the metaphor of the game by which children secretively choose objects within their surrounding, highlighting the role of these artists as clandestine observers rather than public commentators. I Spy with My Little Eye… provides the artists with an opportunity to showcase their works within a generational context suggesting the rise of a young movement marked by new formal and semantic concerns.

I Spy with My Little Eye… introduces the works of these artists to new audiences allowing for new types of engagement and ways of seeing. The exhibition encompasses an extensive parallel program that will highlight Beirut’s extraordinary resurgence as a creative hub, not just for the region, but one that offers interesting models for the rest of the world.  After its presentation at Mosaic Rooms In London, it will be on view at Casa Arabe in Madrid (from 12 September until 22 November) and Casa Árabe Córdoba (December 2015 – February 2016).
The curators, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath are the co-founders of Art Reoriented, a multidisciplinary curatorial platform based in Munich and New York.

Private View: Friday 11 Septmeber, 7.00 pm.
Curators’ Tour: Saturday 12 September, 12:00 pm, with Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath.

I Spy With My Little Eye... is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Co-Founders of Art Reoriented, and produced by The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, with exhibition partner
Casa Árabe Thanks to the following for their generous support: ATHR, Dina & Mohamad Ali Zameli, and Mohammed Hafiz.
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    Pascal Hachem, Espejo Espejo (2014)
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    George Awde, Untitled (2014)
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    Siska, E.D.L (2011)
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