beirut: crisis practice

© wondereight - sleek new premises in south beirut

wondereight is a design and communication agency based in beirut. founded in 1999 by brothers boudy and walid nasrala, the company has since then expanded considerably, and recently relocated to new premises in the city. now based on the southern edge of the lebanese capital, the modern digs not only better reflect wondereight's identity but also provides ample room to grow and to further boost creativity. next to new facilities such as a workshop area and a versatile training room - or e-room in wondereight lingo - there's also a small exhibition space inside the workshop area that's consequenty called workshop gallery. its inaugural show recently opened and is dubbed crisis practice. it presents a new generation of lebanese artists who were born during the civil war and who have completed their art studies abroad.

this condition obviously caused a rather crucial remoteness that has contributed to their artistic practice. the exhibition aims to show new trends, practices and attitudes within the lebanese contemporary art scene that don't represent images of war, but that are rather haunted by a buried malaise, reflection of an unstable history. simultaneously, the artworks on display possess a conceptually autonomous presence that harbours a critical and political approach: a diary of absence, an impossible itinerary and an accumulation of preoccupations pervaded by a poetic disorder [on through sep 6]. the participating artists are caline aoun, charbel-joseph h. boutrospascal hachem, paul hage boutros, stéphanie saadé and walid nasrala himself. location: w8 building, mansourieh industrial road [jisr el bacha].

© wondereight / walid nasrala - spotless - cardboard, metal clips, nylon wire, spotlight + stéphanie saadé - nostalgic geography - laser-cut stainless steel, print on paper