Five contemporary artworks are installed in the central aisle outside the main exhibition sections. In the main aisle, the 2009 sculpture by Mona Hatoum toys with the viewer’s sense of familiarity and comfort. Witness echoes the surrealist art in the adjacent section, experimenting with scale and perception. The sculpture draws directly from Lebanon’s 20th century history and is a miniature, porcelain reproduction of the bronze monument located in the centre of Beirut’s Place des Martyrs (Martyrs Square). The original monument was created to commemorate the Lebanese nationalists who were hanged during WWI by the Ottomans, is riddled with bullet holes from Lebanon’s Civil War (1975-1990).
Text von Isabella Hughes und Salwa Mikdadi
© Foto: Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Fotografie Capital D Studio
Höhepunkte aus der Sammlung der Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, VAE, 12. Mai 2018 - 31. Mai 2023. Kuratoren: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.