Title: The World in the Image of Man
Commissioner/Curator: Nada Ghandour
Exhibitor: Ayman Baalbaki, Danielle Arbid
At the 59th Venice Biennale, Lebanon is represented by filmmaker and video maker Danielle Arbid and visual artist Ayman Baalbaki. The exhibition, with a scenography conceived by Aline Asmar d’Amman, illustrates the perpetual action of the human imagination on the reality of the world.
The exhibition aims to present to the visitor a symbolic journey into the contemporary world through a theme, a city Beirut, and two artists who maintain a political and aesthetic dialogue from a distance – since Arbid is based in Paris while Baalbaki is based in Beirut – by presenting artworks that are so far and yet so close.
The dialogue maintained with Beirut reveals the increasingly heightened competition between the real and the virtual – a paradigm shift that has impacted our environment and our most diverse activities and that has created a place now common to humanity.
The artists have chosen Beirut as a symbol of the upheavals of the global crisis and the emotional instability of a technologised relation to the world. Baalbaki presents the monumental installation “Allô Chérie” and Arbid presents the video “Janus Gate”. They both portray the contradictions and difficulties plaguing the country through their symptoms: the frantic race for money, the violence raging, real estate speculation and so on. With their own means, both bring to life the flesh of Lebanon in its chaos and beauty.
Apr 23 – Sept 25 Tue – Sun, 11am – 7pm
Sept 27 – Nov 27 Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Arsenale, Arsenale, Castello