Lebanon’s Marginalised Communities Come Out of the Shadows

Beirut seen through the eyes of 16 photographers

It’s been over a decade since the Israeli-Lebanese conflict took place, but despite the time that has passed, the war still haunts the minds of many, irrespective of their identity. And the Institut des Cultures d’Islam’s latest exhibition, entitled This is Beirut, will give you an intimate look at the lives of Lebanon’s polarising communities in a way that’s never been seen before.

Featuring the work of 16 photographers and video artists, the show looks at Lebanon through the eyes of its people, giving us a glimpse into the harmony that exists between religious communities, the lives of Hezbollah militia members, and its marginalised LGBTQI community.

Lebanese photographer and filmmaker, Fouad Ekoury’s film On War and Love—which highlights the effects of war on the population—will be accompanied by Paris-based photographer Cha Gonzalez’s series, Abandon, which follows the nocturnal adventures of Beirut’s youth.

French-Lebanese photographer Patrick Baz’s work will also be on display, putting Beirut’s multi-faith nature on the spotlight through photos showcasing Muslim and Christian communities living side by side.

The exhibition will also take viewers on a side of war rarely documented with Hassan Ammar’s gripping series, Tatouage Chiites, where the photographer captures Hezbollah militia members proclaiming their religious affiliation through tattoos.

You’ll also be able to catch Mohamad Abdouni’s stunning display of the Middle Eastern nation’s marginalised LGBTQI community with a standout piece that captures a mother sat in her home with her transgender daughter.

This is Beirut, March 28 – July 28, Institut des Culture d’Islam, Paris.

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