National Library reopened

The Lebanese National Library has finally reopened its doors to the public! Housed in the old Ottoman Sanayeh building, it is one of the cultural institutions and national treasures that suffered the most during the Lebanese civil war. In 1999, the National Library was recognized as a national cultural project and that led to officially adopting the National Library Rehabilitation plan. The Lebanese National Library was launched in 1921 with 20,000 books and 3,000 manuscripts bequeathed by Viscount Philippe de Tarrazi from his private collection. Today, it is home to one of the region’s largest book collection, more than 300 000 works including thousands of invaluable manuscripts, rare religious books, a collection of atlases and maps, as well as other books and documents. Article on France 24 Article in The Daily Star Article in L'Orient Le Jour                    

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

We just read Jessy Moussallem‘s interview in L’Orient-Le Jour and we wanted to share some of her impressive work here with you.

In her interview, the talented filmmaker talks about what led her to work on Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moon’s video, her relationship with Lebanon, the challenges she faces and her more recent work on Agoria’s clip.

Jessy Moussallem pushes boundaries, her videos are emotional, powerful and edgy.

Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

Meet the talented Lebanese artist Gregory Buchakjian and his fascination for abandoned buildings around Beirut.

Check out his latest book, Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut, published by Kaph Books, a fascinating overview of the city’s recent past, as explained through its buildings.

And don’t miss his solo exhibit at the Sursock Museum, Abandoned Dwellings: Display of Systems, curated by Karina el-Helou.

Check out the article on The National here

Have you been to the NABU museum yet?

Located on the beachfront in Chekka El Heri (an hour drive north of Beirut), this new privately owned museum, named after the Mesopotamian god of literacy, is definitely worth the visit. The Nabu Museum, recently opened in September offers a two-floor 1200 sq. m of exhibition space, a cube-shaped weathered steel and glass structure designed in collaboration with Iraqi-Canadian artist Mahmoud Obaidi and Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi
The beautiful collection ranges from Babylonian cuneiform tablets and Palmyran funerary busts to modern and contemporary art. The free-entry museum houses a library and a collection of rare manuscripts. They will also host art residencies and a public program with talks and tours. “In a region of seemingly constant turmoil and strife, the Nabu Museum provides a tranquil space for the preservation and creative pursuit of art and culture. It is designed to act as an institution for preserving and promoting Lebanese culture.” Here are some pictures taken from their website nabumuseum.com                    

Lebanon, lend us your ears

Lebanon, lend us your ears

“Despite the small market size, there are Lebanese podcasts out there. Leyla Nahas has been presenting the podcast Beirut Bright Side Stories (BSS Stories), an offshoot of a blog of the same name, since February 2017. She tells Executive that the podcast—which has produced six episodes so far and is composed of narratives and interviews—was a natural evolution of her and Rami Obeid’s blog, which aims to share positive stories from Beirut.”

‘Lebanese still have the potential to be a part of this podcast boom. We have the stories, and we have the passion, we just need content producers in this country to grab a mic and go for it—and we need people to listen.”

Thank you for the mention and for this in-depth article.

Check out the Executive Magazine article here

BBS is also part of their selection of Lebanese podcasts. Check out our profile here

Salon d’Automne since 1961

Don’t miss the 33rd Salon d’Automne exhibition at the Sursock Museum. This open call exhibition brings together 31 artists working across all media, from painting and installation to video. The Salon d’Automne has been held at the Sursock Museum since its opening in 1961 !
Here are the participants this year: Clara Abi Nader, Balsam Abo Zour, Gheith Al-Amine, Nour Aoude, Hala Ezzedine, Serene Ghandour, Till Heene, Shayma Kamel, Maria Kassab, Maha Kays and Ali Kays, Bettina Khoury Badr, Mohamad Kraytem, Rita Mahfouz, Fadi Mansour, Samar Mogharbel, Abdo El Moudawar, Tarek Moukaddem, Tarek Mourad, Maha Nasrallah, Hussein Nassereddine, Nada Rizk, Roï Saade, Zeina-Bacardi Sakr, Marie Saliba, Ieva Saudargaité Douaihi, Nasri Sayegh, Nour Sokhon, Adlita Stephan, Lara Tabet, Jacques Vartabedian, and Alain Vassoyan. And check out here some of the exhibits' posters over the years.    

afikra

afikra

afikra is a wonderful initiative by Mikey Mu that encourages people to learn about Arab culture and history in a friendly environment.

This project, which now has chapters across the globe, inspires learning, offers a platform for discussion and exchange and gives an opportunity to explore issues related to Arab culture.

“The idea is that curious people can be successful, and people who are successful can be good community members, and good community members make good communities.” Mikey M.

More on this in Al-Fanar Media here

 

West Beyrouth

Do you remember “West Beyrouth”? The classic movie, written and directed by Ziad Doueiri, was released 20 years ago. The story of coming of age of three teenagers at the time of the outbreak of the civil war in 1975. The movie, amongst other prizes, won the Prix François Chalais at the Directors’ fortnight of …

On photography in Lebanon

For all art lovers! “On Photography in Lebanon: Stories and Essays” is the latest publication of @Kaphbooks. This is a fantastic collective work in which 40 contributors from different backgrounds shared their point of view on photography evoking its equally numerous forms of existence. A total of 380 photographs (produced between the end of the 19th century and today) are compiled making this book the first of its kind on Lebanese photography.
This book is co-edited by Nour Salamé, founder of Kaph Books, and Clémence Cottard Hachem, Head of Collections at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut, Artists include: Gregory Buchakjian, Fouad Elkoury, Yasmina Jraissati, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Manal Khader, Vartan Avakian, Patrick Baz, Jalal Toufic, Adrien Zakkar, Aline Manoukian, Bernard Khoury, Camille Tarazi, Dominique Eddé, Gaby Daher, Georges Boustany, Ghada Sayegh, Ghada Waked, Ghassan Salhab, Hannah Feldman, Hind Younes, Houda Kassatly, Lara Tabet, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lévon Nordiguian, Michel Lasserre and Paola Yacoub, Mohsen Yammine, Nayla Tamraz, Octavian Esanu, Oliver Rohe, Walid Sadek, Stephen Sheehi, Yasmine Chemali and Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh.