Curated by Charbel-joseph H. Boutros
Crisis Practice is an exhibition that groups a new generation of Lebanese
artists who were born during the war and who have mainly completed their
art studies abroad, a crucial remoteness that contributed to their
The aim of this exhibition is to show new trends, practices and attitudes within the Lebanese contemporary art scene that do not represent images of war, but are rather haunted by a buried malaise, reflection of an unstable history. The artworks presented in the exhibition Crisis Practice 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.
Workshop Gallery is a new 14.3m2 contemporary art exhibition space located in the suburbs of Beirut, a platform for emerging Lebanese and international artists.
The spotlight illuminates its subject aimlessly, projects photons into the void ambiguously and wastes energy pointlessly. The circular "spot" projection falls exactly where the poster ends and the light flows entirely through the poster.
The spotlight, usually just a tool used to light the artwork, has become a part of the work in this situation, taking on a completely different role: a leading role. It blinds its viewer, impairs its environment even more, and wastes the energy of the photons. This relationship between the spotlight, the poster and the void brings up the feeling of desperation and infinite stillness to the point of discomfort.
Walid Nasrala was born in December 1978 in Nice, France. Between 1996 and 2000, he followed a varied curriculum ranging from a D.E.U.G. in mathematics, followed by a 1-year training program in arts and cartoon animation at Atelier de Sèvres Paris, and finally visual communication at the ALBA academy in Beirut. Until today, Walid has been mainly an autodidact pursuing a career both in design and art, two fields that benefit from a mutually nurturing relationship. He is a founding member of WonderEight, a Beirut-based design agency focused on the fields of branding, and visual communication, as well as a working artist.