Curated by Aischa Berg
You whistle in the dark to courageously confront an imaginary incertitude. The sound is extending, resonating out of your body while you try and overcome your doubts in the hope that it will turn out well. However, instead of finding shelter, you are exposed in a maze. You might approach a situation with limited understanding or no awareness of its potential results. You talk about matters although lacking sufficient knowledge of them. What will happen if we decide to face the figments of this uncertainty? The uncertainty of knowing what is real…
Moving through time and space, on a continuous quest … artists from other parts of the world come to reside and work here in Beirut for a couple of months or even years …also those artists born and raised in Lebanon … or those who after years return to the country of their origin. What are their linking forces? Whistling in the Dark opens up a dialogue between some of them and seeks new points of entry to their works.
The exhibited artists investigate and raise questions concerning history and reality.
In this quest, the medium of recording in all its varieties becomes an indispensable asset. Recordings are traces. A sound piece, a videotape and a drawing convey an image of truth. Is a stone also a container of traces,
of time and history?
Workshop gallery is a new contemporary art exhibition space of 16m2 located in the suburbs of Beirut, platform for emerging Lebanese and international artists.
This is a site specific intervention especially conceived for the workshop gallery. A handmade anti-climb glasses’ row is installed on top of the exhibition space’s wall. The wall means to define an ‘elsewhere’, to ‘separate’ art and reality. Or to protect art? Or to protect reality?
The work dialogues with the conventions of art’s display. Also, it confounds the notions of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, questioning the position of the artists vis-à-vis the semantics of space and the private-public controversial liaison.
The four titles of the work are placed in different spots around the workshop, gallery, entrance/exit, offices.
Ilaria Lupo is a Beirut-based visual artist, whose public space practice includes different media, such as performance, installations, publications. Lupo’s work aims to put into question official narratives and social boundaries. In her research the space itself becomes the actual material of work, considered as an organic platform, where the energetic interactions play a major role, and influence the work as they can be influenced by it. Her projects have been supported by several organizations in the Middle East
and in Europe, such as Ashkal Alwan, The Beirut Art Center, 98weeks, PlanBey, Al-Mahatta Gallery, The Middelheim Museum, AIaR Antwerpen, FARE/Open Care, Archiviazioni. She also contributes to reviews related to art in the public sphere (A-Journal, Volume Magazine, Under Construction#1- Beirut/Milan). She is currently developing the research platform Public noisance.