Beirut Art Centre holds solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Tony Chakar.

Lebanese artist Tony Chakar’s solo exhibition “On Becoming Two” on display at the Beirut Art Centre is a site-specific installation exploring the notion of critique and suspicion with regards to the commodified art object as well as the media-saturated readings of the unresolved Lebanese civil war.

Tony Chakar, 'On the Discourse of the Last Things Before the First, 2017. Installation room with acrylic on wall, icon on wood. Installation view at "On Becoming Two" exhibition at Beirut Art Centre, 2017. Image courtesy the artist.

Tony Chakar, ‘On the Discourse of the Last Things Before the First’, 2017 (detail), installation room with acrylic on wall, icon on wood. Installation view at “On Becoming Two” exhibition at Beirut Art Centre, 2017. Image courtesy the artist.

“On Becoming Two”: critique and distance

In the aforementioned text, entitled …To the Ends of the Earth, Tony Chakar offers a quiet critique of the divisions between the “local” and exiled artist (the “Beirut-based” artist from the international traveller), further reaffirming Chakar’s suspicion of the art world – responsible for offering support across borders but also of displacing practices and decontextualising them at the risk of uprooting meaning.

In response to this situation, Chakar has developed a conversation around presence and forgetfulness that borrows from different disciplines and fields. In “On Becoming Two” Chakar questions notions of “here” and “there”, “map” and “territory”, “word” and “object”, “building” and “home”. As the press release states, “On Becoming Two is a defense of dissociation, doubt and critical distance.” Chakar’s complex installation is a harmony seeking endeavour and reflects the will to locate a safe (critical) space in intimacy among the chaos.

Rebecca Close

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Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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