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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

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The UNRWA Series: Camp Dwellers Narrating
Sites of Dereliction: A Lecture with Marwan Rechmaoui


Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) The Graduate Center, CUNY

Thursday, November 14th

6:30-8:30 PM

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.

Presently, Marwan Rechmaoui has turned his focus to the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and the cluster munitions and ordnances in South Lebanon. In The UNRWA Series: Camp Dwellers Narrating Sites of Dereliction, Rechmaoui focuses on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. He shows how Palestinian refugees chart their way through a make-shift world that was only meant to be temporary. Collaborating with the Arab Resource Collective (ARC), a non-governmental organization, camp residents from different age groups were asked to map their local surroundings. Then Rechmaoui took these diagrams, enlarged and reproduced them on different media—concrete, rice and sugar bags, corrugated metal—giving them a powerful sense of the day-to-day reality of the camp’s environment. Thus the artist seeks to create a “virtual Palestine” by linking the various communities living in these permanent “temporary” spaces.

For more information about the Artist in Residence or to book talks and meetings with the artist, please call 646 732 3261 or email: info@alwanforthearts.org

Last updated: 2013-11-10 00:56:38

Chatila Camp #1, 2011, drawing on cement, 96 x 156 cm
Chatila Camp #1, 2011, drawing on cement, 96 x 156 cm
Shabriha 6, 2011 Acrylic,china marker and oil pastel on synthetic burlap, 90 x 120 cm
Shabriha 6, 2011 Acrylic,china marker and oil pastel on synthetic burlap, 90 x 120 cm
Shabriha 4, 2011 Acrylic,china marker and oil pastel on synthetic burlap, 90 x 120 cm
Shabriha 4, 2011 Acrylic,china marker and oil pastel on synthetic burlap, 90 x 120 cm
Marwan Rechmaoui: Alwan Artist in Residence, 2013
Marwan Rechmaoui: Alwan Artist in Residence, 2013

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