On the morning of August 4, 2020, a blast in the port of Beirut sent half the city up in smoke. Thousands were killed, injured, or displaced, and countless buildings, shops, and theaters were blown to smithereens. The debacle crippled the country economically, dissolving public service and creating conflict. It wasn’t, however, the capital’s first shattering calamity. Situated north of Israel, between the Middle East and Europe, Lebanon has been caught between conflicts since antiquity. This exhibition sees Lebanese artists coming together to reflect on their country’s recent chaotic history. Their works explore doom and destruction, but also look to a hopeful future. —E.C.
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