FENIX CITIES - ART WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITIONS IN WARSAW AND BEIRUT
Project curated and organized by Marta Bogdańska and Magdalena Kępka consisted of two art workshops and two exhibitions for young artists and cultural operators from Lebanon and Poland that happened in Warsaw in the end of November 2009 and in Beirut in February 2010. It was organized in cooperation with Stowarzyszenie Integracji Kultury - Raster gallery and Lebanese partners: Zico House and 98weeks Research Project. Two exhibitions took place: Fiction in Action (21st of November - 16th of December 2009 in Raster gallery) and Fitting in Space (20th of February - 16th of March 2010 in Zico House and 98weeks Project Space).
The project was accompanied by a comic publication entitled Yallah! Comics from Beirut.
14 young Lebanese and Polish artists and cultural operators took part in the project.
Project started a dialog and exchange between young Lebanese and Polish artists and cultural practitioners based on a fact that Warsaw and Beirut have similar history. Both cities suffered from destruction during wars, which is visible today. Warsaw was demolished during II World War and rebuilding process is still not over. Beirut was shelled during recent wars and is in the process of reconstruction. The project refers to the idea of 'Fenics cities' - ones that are rising from ashes. Reconstructions are often chaotic and random. They function as fictions of newborn cities often not coherent with history and spatial logic. There is tension between official memorials and other abandoned ones. Artists and cultural operators enter into dialogue with space and signs of destruction both in Beirut and in Warsaw and create ideas and innovations.
Fenix Cities was supported by Anna Lindh Foundation and City of Warsaw.