A year on in the Middle East, the regional uprisings dubbed “the Arab Spring” still continue to make headlines around the world.
In the Lebanese capital of Beirut an art exhibition pays homage to international revolutions that have occurred during the past 50 years, from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa.
The aim of “Revolution vs Revolution” is to reflect on the aftermath of the revolutions, from social to political reforms, that shape the new era of a country.
“In the framework of what is happening in the region we wanted to talk about social and political changes that took place in the past 50 years in the world, from the fall of apartheid in South Africa, the fall of Communism, what happened in May 1968 in France, the Iranian revolution in 1979 ¬- we wanted to take another look at this history,” Lamya Jreij, director and co-founder of the Beirut Art Centre, said.
Despite the exhibit drawing inspiration from the Arab Spring, there was no material dedicated to the event itself, as the Beirut Art Centre says the region is still in a state of flux.
One visitor noted that artists nowadays are struggling to keep up with the metamorphosis of society, and that they are not as impactful as modern-day technology.
“It makes us rethink some subjects; art makes us look at important issues, but my personal feeling is that these days art is behind when it comes to the revolutions happening in the Arab countries. Technology is moving forward very fast and the artists are trying to say they are able to keep up, but I feel that modern art and modern artists are not like they used to be, having these big theories and vision as if they are prophets who can look beyond what is happening," visitor George Rabbat said.
The exhibit, which opened at the beginning of the month, runs until April 1.
Lamya Jreij - director and co-founder of the Beirut Art Centre
George Rabbat - visitor