Artist's Talk: The UNRWA Series: Camp Dwellers Narrating Sites of Dereliction: A Lecture with Marwan Rechmaoui
Thu, November 14, 2013 6:30 pm at The Graduate Center, CUNY
Sites of Dereliction: A Lecture with Marwan Rechmaoui
Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) The Graduate Center, CUNY
Thursday, November 14th
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 9207
Open to the Public / Free Admission
Invited to partake in Alwan for the Arts’ Artist in Residence program this November-December, Marwan Rechmaoui is a Lebanese artist of Palestinian origin, who lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. As an influentual, politically engaged and unique artist, whose work is marked by depth and verismilitude, Rechmaoui is best known for his sculptural works replicating city buildings and the topography in Beirut.
His most notable installations include Beirut Caoutchouc (2004) and employ the use of heavy industrial materials. This large scale sculpture, made of black rubber and embossed in precise detail with roads and byways, is segmented into 60 individual pieces demarcating the neighborhood boundaries and consequently scrutinizes the physical and social impact of the city’s troubled history on the everyday lives of its inhabitants. Rechmaoui’s other major works include; Spectre (2006), a reproduction of the modernist Yacoubian Building where the artist once lived andA Monument for the Living (2001), a large-scale architectural model of the derelict Burj Al Murr, a never-completed, abandoned 1970s high-rise that towers over downtown Beirut.
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