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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 by Isabella Hughes and Salwa Mikdadi
© Photo: Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Photography by Capital D Studio
Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 12 May 2018 - 31 May 2023. Curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.