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Marwan Rechmaoui

Beirut Caoutchouc
2004-2006 | Rubber, milled out | 500 x 400 x 2 cm

Marwan Rechmaoui has meticulously sculpted a flattened floor map of Beirut in the form of a puzzle composed of 60 thick rubber pieces that correspond to the city’s 60 distinct quarters. While Rechmaoui’s mysterious blackened mass shows roads and highways that have been precisely etched into it and that mark off different neighborhoods and areas, its primary concern is not to delineate Beirut as it is but rather to subtly raise questions about its present layout like who lives where and what has determined these divisions. Through Beirut Caoutchouc, the product of the artist’s mapping of the city’s socio-geographical distribution, Rechmaoui negotiates Beirut’s complex history and the urban schisms that have resulted.

Born in Beirut in 1964, Marwan Rechmaoui studied painting and sculpture in the United States and currently lives and works in Beirut. Rechmaoui’s sculptural productions explore the nature of dwelling and dwellings or what it means to live in a city like Beirut.

 
 

Artists (listed alphabetically):

> Ziad Antar
> Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
> Lamia Joreige
> Mazen Kerbaj
> Randa Mirza
> Rabih Mroué
> Walid Raad
> The Atlas Group / Walid Raad
> Marwan Rechmaoui
> Walid Sadek
> Rayyane Tabet
> Jalal Toufic
> Paola Yacoub

> Akram Zaatari

see also:

> Introduction by Andree Sfeir Semler
> Art Now in Lebanon, article by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

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