Revolution vs Revolution
babelmed - 05/02/2012
The Beirut Art Center is presenting the collective thematic exhibition Revolution vs Revolution from the 3rd February to the 30th of March 2011.
Since 2010, countries from the Arab world have been going through a period of
rapid and radical change. Events from the Atlantic to the Arabian Gulf promise
new previously unforeseeable trajectories. A new narrative is unfolding.
It is in this context and in the light of these historical events that the Beirut Art Center is organizing an exhibition and series of events exploring other junctures from the last fifty years that have led to radical changes, such as revolutions, the rise and
fall of regimes and ideologies, as well as social and political movements whose
effects were felt around the world and to this day. This includes important
movements like the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the dissolution of the Soviet
Union and fall of Communism in Europe, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the
end of Apartheid, the student riots in the 60s, as well as Nasserism and the rise
of Arab Nationalism.
The choice not to include any works dealing with the actual situation in the Arab
world was deliberate, as the narrative is still in progress in our region.
The aim of the exhibition is not to be an exhaustive survey of historical events,
but to reflect on radical movements and transformations, the context in which
they have taken place, as well as their legacy, and more specifically, their
resonance in our region today. The exhibition will present a selection of artworks
whose significance is at once the historical aspect, and the artistic response to a
time of political change.
The title of the exhibition, Revolution vs Revolution , suggests the idea that
revolution often leads to other revolutions, either in confrontation with previously
established systems, or by inspiring similar changes across time and across
borders. In this case, the term ‘Revolution’ should be understood in its broadest
sense, as radical social and political change over relatively short periods of time.
The exhibition aims to invoke previous revolutions in confrontation with both their
present realities and the current changes gripping our region. Some of these
works were produced contemporary to these events, forming a record of
historical moments and an artistic reflection made in their immediacy. Other
works were produced long after, and look back at these radical changes from a
new perspective. The title also refers to the idea that these past revolutions
should be re-examined now, through the perspective of the current situation in
the Arab world.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of screenings, lectures and
roundtables with the aim of extending reflection on these historical events and
reflecting on their present impact. Other events will be dedicated to discussing
and reflecting on the actual situation in the Arab world.
Beirut Art Center
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