‘Sweet Sixties’-Conference in Beirut

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From 28 to 30 January, and the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, organise a conference in Beirut, focusing on the stories of a parallel avant-garde of the 1960s.

During this era the landscapes and cities of protectorates and former colonies from India to the Maghreb, from the Soviet Republics to the new states in the Southern hemisphere are replete with the spirit and forms of Modernity. Forms that transmogrify, and then dissolve into the thin air of the vernacular. The star-maps that are used to survey these artificial worlds often serve to navigate the boundaries between private and public domains.

One could see how the newly developing forms of urban culture were gaining a more horizontal character and filling the voids that had opened between the modernized, ideologized, politicized forms belonging to the verticals of “national cultures”.

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