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Marwan Rechmaoui is a Lebanese artist whose work deals with themes of
urban development and social history of his native city of Beirut. The
Lebanese capital has always been a theater for social and political
conflict, such issues which are further explored throughout Rechmaoui’s
main body of work.
His Beirut Caoutchouc is a large, black rubber floor mat
in the shape of a map of Beirut’s center. The aerial plot is embossed
with meticulous detailing of roads and byways, which are divided into
sixty-seven pieces demarcating individual neighborhoods.
installation examines the physical and social schisms that have sculpted
one of the world's most conflicted cities. Through this installation
Rechmaoui highlights these divisions to address various topics of
debate: the underlying causes and consequences of cultural difference,
exploration of identity, attachment, and the impact of its social
political history on the everyday lives of its inhabitants.
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