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MEI's Current Exhibition Highlights Lebanon's Struggle

The featured works capture the ongoing fight for social, political and financial justice

Pierre Aboujaoude. Tear it down. February 10, 2020. Courtesy of the artist

On view from 13 July until 25 September, Washington-based Middle East Institute (MEI) Arts and Culture Center is home to an immersive, 360° virtual exhibition entitled Lebanon Then and Now: Photography from 2006 to 2020. Showcasing the work of 17 photographers and one filmmaker, the exhibition conveys the dizzying social, political and economic developments that have shaped Lebanon over the past decade and a half.

“Through the lens of some of Lebanon’s finest photographers, the exhibit tells the story of the tensions and the unresolved issues that led to the current crisis in Lebanon, and of the protests that have rocked Lebanon for the past eight months in response to the country’s political and financial collapse,” says Lyne Sneige, the director of the Middle East Institute’s Arts and Culture Center.

Omar Sfeir. The Lovers in Times of Revolution, October 21. 2019. Courtesy of the artist

Evocatively capturing the aftermath of Lebanon's civil war which lasted between 1975 and 1990, the show has been curated by Beirut-based Chantale Fahmi to depict the historic and contemporary story of the country.

“One of our main goals is to encourage Lebanese artists by projecting their artwork beyond conventional borders and onto a larger screen," expresses Rita Nammour, chairperson of the Beirut Museum of Art, USA and president of APEAL.