Lecture and Short Films: Beirut: Architecture, Art, Memory and Transformation

Thu, September 29, 2016 6:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents:

Beirut: Architecture, Art, Memory and Transformation

A Lecture and Short Films, preceded by a select exhibition of paintings, with artist Tom Young and Dr. Nebahat Avcioglu, Associate Professor of Art History/Hunter College, as discussant.

Doors open at 6.00pm

Lecture begins at 7:00pm

Tom Young is an architect-trained artist based in Beirut and London. Tom takes art out of its traditional gallery context and exhibits paintings as site-specific installations. By transforming abandoned spaces into living centers of creativity, he hopes to preserve precious heritage that is under threat from profit-driven developers.

In this lecture, Young will discuss the renovation of Villa Paradiso in Gemmayze, saving the Rose House, a 19th Century mansion in Manara, Ras Beirut, his proposals for the Holiday Inn and his work at Beit Boustani (Art House) in Mar Mikhael. Several short films of his projects will also be screened. Young will conclude his talk on Beit El Zaher, in Zarif, Hamra (former residence of the British Embassy), which, in collaboration with the Social Welfare Institution, Dar Al Aytam, will become a cultural center for disadvantaged children, artists and musicians in December 2016.

Some of Young's works will be on exhibit at Alwan and available for purchase.

About the Artist

Tom Young is an architect-trained artist based in Beirut and London. Interested in blurring the boundaries between realism and abstraction, and the paradox of capturing a sense of time in a still image, he explores the symbolism of narrative motifs, suggesting dramatic contrasts in the city and the coexistence of pain and joy. Young is also passionate about working with disadvantaged children and youth. He has worked with Home of Hope, SOS Children's Villages of Lebanon, children in Dahiye, and the Al Kamandjati School that teaches students music at the Palestinian Bourj al Barajneh Refugee Camp in Beirut.

For more on the artist, please click here.

Last updated: 2016-09-29 20:24:24

Carousel, 2013
Carousel, 2013
Rose House, Beirut
Rose House, Beirut
Beit Boustani, Beirut
Beit Boustani, Beirut
Tom Young in front of the Rose House, Beirut
Tom Young in front of the Rose House, Beirut
Villa Paradiso, Beirut
Villa Paradiso, Beirut

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