Zena el Khalil. Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon

Zena el Khalil. Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon 18.09.2017 | 27.10.2017

18 September – 27 October 2017

Zena el Khalil
Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon

A project by Zena el Khalil
Exhibition curated by Beatrice Merz and Janine Maamari

Beit Beirut, Intersection of Damascus Street and Independence Avenue (Sodeco Intersection), Beirut, Lebanon


The Fondazione Merz and Liban Art are delighted to present Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon, an art platform for peace and reconciliation by Zena el Khalil.

For 40 days, the personal exhibition of Zena el Khalil, accompanied by numerous events (workshops, conferences, performances, concerts, debates), will animate Beit Beirut, a symbol of the troubled history of Lebanon’s war. The building is located on the former “green line”, on what was a “no-man’s land” that during the Lebanese civil war served as a demarcation line dividing the city into two, separating the Muslim-majority neighbourhood from that of the Christian majority. Due to its strategic position, this residential building was converted into a military stronghold and became a favourite hideout for snipers.

Zena el Khalil has always been deeply involved in the memory of the history of her country and of the consequences that have derived from it. Her work focuses on the consideration that art and culture can have a positive impact on the world. In particular, for this project she reflects on the will to transform an idea, an object, a place of violence into something that generates peace.

For the Beit Beirut exhibition, Zena el Khalil presents a series of paintings, sculpture, sound, photography and video works distributed over the four floors of the building.

The project is under patronage of Municipality of Beirut and the Istituto italiano di Cultura in Beirut.