Beirut Tangents (part 1)
/Khasso/ (2009) is site-specific work by Nayef Homsi in Kleio Projects back room. Homsi, a New York based artist who was born in Beirut and exiled to France at age six, creates paintings and projections that address cultural estrangement through an investigation of diverse subject matter - from military leaders and cultural landmarks to permutations and mediations of queer desire and aesthetics in film and photography. In /Khasso, /Homsi projects found images relating to the Dunkin Donuts in "Down Town" Beirut, which has oddly developed into an active gay cruising ground. /Khasso/ will be on display at Kleio Projects until July 24th, 2009.
/Shoot the War/ (2006) is a collection of short films created by young Lebanese artists during the July War in 2006. Produced by An Ant Passing <http://www.namlehat3a.blogspot.com/> and selected by curators Beatrice Harb and Nina Najjar specifically for this New York screening, this presentation is a rare opportunity to view artists bearing witness to the war in Lebanon. It includes work by Ana Noguieria + Jackson Allers, Halim Sabbagh, Hisham Jaber, Jean-March Nahas, Maroun Chaccour, Rania Rafei, Shoushan Dedeyan, and Tarek Kandil. Screening at 8:00pm. Running time: 39 mins
/Talk City to Me/ (2008) by Dena al-Adeeb and Youmna Chlala is an exploration of the points where cities shape and transform each other. The interviews are based on social sculpture in Cairo where artists and writers identify quotidian objects (found and produced) that define their relationship to an imagined and contemporary Beirut and Baghdad.
Silent loop during reception & screening at 9:00pm. Running time: 20 mins