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Artist's Talk: Visual Culture Series: A Conversation with Marwan Rechmaoui, Visual Artist

Tue, December 3, 2013 12:30 pm at NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center - Near Eastern Studies

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A CONVERSATION WITH MARWAN RECHMAOUI, VISUAL ARTIST

Tuesday, December 3, 12:30-1:45pm, Visual Culture Series
Richard Ettinghausen Library at the Hagop Kevorkian Center (255 Sullivan Street at Washington Square South)

Free and open to the public

A CONVERSATION WITH MARWAN RECHMAOUI, VISUAL ARTIST

Marwan Rechmaoui
, Artist-in-Resident, Alwan for the Arts

Marwan Rechmaoui is a Lebanese artist of Palestinian origin, who lives and works in Beirut. As an influential, politically engaged and unique artist, his work is marked by depth and verisimilitude. Deriving inspiration from the geography and rich cultural history of Beirut, Rechmaoui's work often reflects themes of urbanization and contemporary social and behavioral demographics.

His most notable installations include Beirut Caoutchouc (2004), a large-scale work made of black rubber and embossed with precise details of roads and byways. It is segmented into 60 individual pieces demarcating the neighborhood boundaries of Beirut, consequently scrutinizing 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, which was built to house theArab elite whose newly-found oil wealth and who were also nervous about the potential nationalization of their assets in an Arab world swept by socialist fervor, shifted large amounts of capital into Lebanese banks. But once civil war broke out and Israel invaded Lebanon in 1978, they departed and the building was taken over by refugees and later, squatters. A Monument for the Living (2001), a large-scale architectural model of the derelict Burj Al Murr replicates a never-completed, abandoned 1970s high-rise, which towers over downtown Beirut, and once housed sniper militias in its upper levels and prisons in its underground.

On Tuesday, December 3rd, Marwan Rechmaoui will present an overview of his work to be followed by an open discussion.


About Marwan Rechmaoui

Marwan Rechmaoui is a Lebanese artist of Palestinian origin, who lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. As an influential, politically engaged and unique artist, his work is marked by depth and verisimilitude. Rechmaoui is best known for his sculptural works replicating city buildings and the topography of Beirut.
The work of Rechmaoui, though sculptural, three-dimensional and industrial in the raw material it employs for its finished objects, it is never intrusive rather, it emotes a great deal of inclusiveness and tenderness.

Marwan Rechmaoui Exhibitions: http://www.sfeir-semler.com/gallery-artists/marwan-rechmaoui/


Marwan Rechmaoui Works: http://www.sfeir-semler.com/gallery-artists/marwan-rechmaoui/view-work/

For more information: Alwan's 2013 Artist in Residency

Last updated: 2013-11-27 15:48:00

Beirut Caoutchouc, 2004-2006
Beirut Caoutchouc, 2004-2006
Chatila Camp #1, 2011, Drawing on Cement, 96 x 156 cm
Chatila Camp #1, 2011, Drawing on Cement, 96 x 156 cm

NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center - Near Eastern Studies

Richard Ettinghausen Library
255 Sullivan Street at Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-8877

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