Here’s a nice report by LBCI on Hassan AlaaEddine, also known as Chouchou.
Bto2ta3 Aw Ma Bto2ta3 is an interactive play written by Lucien and produced by MARCH that explores the theme of “Freedom of Speech & Censorship in Lebanon” and that was ironically banned in Lebanon. Nevertheless, it got nominated under the Arts section at the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2014 that is being held in London.
Here’s an [article] I wrote on censorship in Lebanon.
Ali is a street artist originally from Tripoli. I got to know him after he did the below drawing of a Lebanese policeman with the “I love corruption” badge that went viral few months ago, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. His artworks are brilliant, impressive and send out a powerful message that can’t go unnoticed (Ex: Ministry of Tourism).
Here are some of my favorite Ali artworks:
The Beirut Cinema Week was supposed to take place back in January and bring “together Lebanese cinema—professionals, investors, the intellectual and general audience”. Unfortunately, recent bombings in Lebanon have forced the organizers to postpone the event.
Here’s what Sabyl Ghoussoub, the director of the Lebanese Film Festival, had to say about that. [Interview]
Do you feel the security situation in Lebanon is stifling creativity?
No, the situation leads us to create more. It stimulates creation. The only problem is that investors do not follow, so many projects do not end.
Do you see any artists, film or otherwise, in Lebanon who are using the current situation as a way to express themselves?
Living in fear of a bomb exploding or in a permanent state of war makes us see life differently. There are many situations in Lebanon, artists who actually live here and artists from the diaspora who merely pass [through]. These are different experiences, different views, but their work is all in one way or another affected by the situation.
Rima Nadji is a Lebanese performance artist who is revolting against the situation that we Lebanese have put ourselves into. “She is protesting against the normalization of suicide bombing in Beirut and She knows that some people may take a glimpse at her and smile, or think this is a joke, but it is not. This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death.” [Source]
It is definitely a weird way to protest but a very powerful one. We should not get used to suicide bombing and car bombs in Lebanon, we should not behave as if nothing’s happening because all of us are targeted at the moment. Let’s all keep in mind that we are only victims, not martyrs of these explosions. [#NotAMartyr]
Madame Bomba at Torino pub in Gemmayze
Photo via Hussein Gharib via StopCulturalTerrorism
A nice report on the GraffMe Project in Lebanon.