Tazahor Mashrou

Tazahor Mashrou originates in the observation of a modernist building slated for demolition by the Ministry. Designed by the architects George Rais and Theo Kanaan in 1950, it is located on an extremely busy artery. The refusal to issue permission to develop part of the project inside the building led to the idea of writing a text in Arabic under the portico, telling the citizenry of a critical aspect of the urban space. Playing on a multitude of meanings given to the Lebanese interpretations of the words tazahor and mashrou , a series of small bits of information are sprinkled throughout this part of the city. Tazahor can mean a demonstration of protest, claim, or revelation. Mashrou can mean project, apparition, scheme, or regulation. Their use here is an invitation to reflect upon what these words mean in practice. Thus the project is an attempt to improve, involve and call into question the urban dimension by reacting to the diffuse passiveness of Beirut’s inhabitants.

Date: 2016

Location: Spears

Medium: Installation

Material: N/A

Section: Contemporary

Duration: Temporary

Tags:  Site-specific Intervention
Participatory Art

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Commissioner: N/A