TAP’s Database of Public Art Practices in Lebanon
Database Research & Resources
- 1995 | Journal Article | Chakar, Tony | Living in an Idea
- 2005 | Magazine Article | Steiner, Rochelle | After the Blast
- 2006 | Magazine Article | Raad, Walid | Oh God, He Said, Talking to a Tree: A Fresh-Off-the-Boat,1 Throat-Clearing Preamble About the Recent Events in Lebanon. And a Question to Walid Sadek
- 2006 | Magazine Article | Tohme, Christine and Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen | Under the Volcano
- 2007 | Journal Article | Dagher, Sandra; David, Catherine; Salti, Rasha; and Tohme, Christine with Demos, T.J. | Curating Beirut: A Conversation on the Politics of Representation
- 2007 | Journal Article | Feldman, Hannah and Zaatari, Akram | Mining War: Fragments from a Conversation Already Passed
- 2007 | Journal Article | Rogers, Sarah | Out of History: Postwar Art in Beirut
- 2007 | Magazine Article | Sadek, Walid | Place at Last
- 2009 | Journal Article | Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen | On the Politics of Art and Space in Beirut
- 2010 | Journal Article | Toukan, Hanan | On Being the Other in Post-Civil War Lebanon: Aid and the Politics of Art in Processes of Contemporary Cultural Production
- 2010 | Thesis | El-Alam, Johnny | Representing National Traumas: Alternative Histories, Experimental Art Practices and Narratives by Transnational Artists from the Lebanese War Generation
- 2010 | Magazine Article | Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen | Walid Sadek
- 2012 | Book Review | Seigneurie, Ken | Review: Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon
- 2014 | Journal Article | Narusevicius, Vytas | Walid Raad's Double Bind: The Atlas Group Project, 1989-2004
- 2014 | Thesis | Ussef, Sara | Excavating Beirut: a study of time and space in Ziad Abillama, Ilaria Lupo, and the Dictaphone Group
- 2015 | Magazine Article | Tohme, Christine | Nouveaux Niches
- 2016 | Journal Article | Egan, Martyn and Tabar, Paul | Bourdieu in Beirut: Wasta, the State and Social Reproduction in Lebanon
- 2017 | Thesis | Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippberger | 30 degrees from the Northern Tropic: Art, region, and collective practices from urban Latin American and Arab worlds
- 2018 | Thesis | Domene Danes, Maria | Ar(t)chive Production in Post-War Lebanon
- 2019 | Journal Article | Abi Khalil, Amanda; Daou, Annabel and Mishlawi Nadim | Sounding the Museum: A Shared Reflection on the Chou Hayda (What is this?) Intervention at the National Museum of Beirut
- 2019 | Journal Article | Zebracki, Martin and Luger, Jason | Digital Geographies of Public Art: New Global Politics
- 2020 | Journal Article | Majed, Rima | Living Revolution, Financial Collapse and Pandemic in Beirut: Notes on Temporality, Spatiality, and "Double Liminality"
- 2020 | Journal Article | Corbo, Stefano | Reflecting on the so-called 'eggupation' in Beirut: A Brutalist shell becomes an anti-formal amplifier
- 2020 | Journal Article | Lara-Hernandez, Jose Antonio; M. Coulter, Claire and Melis, Alessandro | Temporary appropriation and urban informality: Exploring the subtle distinction
- 2020 | Journal Article | Toukan, Hanan | Liberation or Emancipation? Counter-hegemony, Performance, and Public Space in Lebanon
- 2020 | Journal Article | Carrido Castellano, Carlos | Temporary Art Platform and the Reconfiguration of Public Space in Lebanon
- 2020 | Thesis | Baranko, Erin | Visualizing Participatory Politics: The Communal Power of Street Art in Revolutionary Egypt, Warring Syria, and Divided Lebanon
- 2020 | Journal Article | Sinno, Wael | How People Reclaimed Public Spaces in Beirut during the 2019 Lebanese Uprising
- 2020 | Magazine Article | Kholeif, Omar | Hitting the Wall
After years of hard work, exciting research, and painstaking organization, TAP is thrilled to finally be releasing its Database of Public Art Practices in Lebanon. Born out of a 2015 research project, the database is a comprehensive archive of public art projects that have taken place in Lebanon from 1980 to present day. Projects listed range from public sculpture to participatory art with over 400 entries classified and tagged according to type and temporality. The process of this research and categorization opened up a discourse around what it means to practice art in public and how these practices are archived, collected, and preserved.
We aim for this Database to be the starting point for more discursive and analytical conversations and cross-disciplinary research on cultural policies, artistic practices, and the public realm as a social framework. What does it mean to practice art outside, in the presence of people, in collaboration with communities, and in response to a certain socio-political climate? And while we offer no definitive answer to this, we hope that our repository of information serves both as a virtual time-traveling museum and an important source of information for further research projects and knowledge production.
The TAP team would like to thank our extended family of colleagues and supporters without whom this project would not have seen the light: Walid Abu Saifan, Sarah Daher, Ahmad Deeb, Zara Fournier, Melissa Ghazale, Hanaa Ismail, Joyce Joumaa, Raafat Majzoub and the many artists and institutions who were generous enough to share their archives with us.
This project was made possible with funds from the Roberto Cimetta Fund and Culture Resource.
The research has been carried out individually, exhausting public and private archives within our reach. If you are the author of an artwork and would like to add information we might have missed, please reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org