Artist Talk by Sandra Schäfer
Artist Talk
(Re)Constructed Uncertainties
برواية ساندرا شيفر

المبني للمجهول
Sep 27, 2019 @ Goethe-Institut Libanon - Beirut

To compliment the Haret Hreik – Mleeta: (Re)Constructed Uncertainties installation, the Goethe-Institut Libanon hosted a formal conversation between artist Sandra Schäfer and American University of Beirut (AUB) professor of urban studies and politics Mona Harb, which was moderated by Joseph Rustom, an architect and urban planner with the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA). Drawing upon a diverse collection of experiences amongst the three participants, the conversation covered a range of topics related to urban planning, reconstruction in a post-war period, and sites important to Hezbollah.

Amongst other things, the conversation touched upon comparisons between the Waad project, initiated and managed by Hezbollah, which rebuilt southern Beirut after the 2006 war, and the construction efforts of Solidere, initiated and managed by Rafiq Hariri, which rebuilt downtown Beirut after the civil war. There are many considerations to bear in mind when undertaking projects of such magnitudes, including how to deal with private property, controlling and shaping narratives, and what role branding plays.

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