On leaving is a curatorial exploration of ephemerality in contemporary art practice of countries in crises. It investigates a common state of being that enables artists to produce a very specific type of work: one free of material, and thus, weight.
In Lucy Lippard’s book Six Years in which she argues the disappearance of the art object, she writes “conceptual art, for me, means work in which the idea is paramount, and the material form is secondary, lightweight, ephemeral, cheap, unpretentious and / or “dematerialized”.
I’m curious as to why our collective contemporary art practice is—in a way—so dematerialized. Why is the Lebanese contemporary art scene saturated with lecture-performances, video installations, photographic experiments, and archival research? Experimentation with paintings and sculptures is not particularly prevalent. The leading question: could this hypothesis extend to other countries in crisis?
When you are preparing to flee at a moment’s notice, how do you flee?