Ashkal Alwan

An important role in the development of timely contemporary art in the Lebanon is played by the Ashkal Alwan association, founded in 1994 by Christine Tohmé, which began with artistic interventions in public spaces, and since 2002 organizes the interdisciplinary festival “Home Works.” The focus is more on lectures and discussions, performances (including theatre and concerts), films and videos, than exhibitions. The boundaries between categories remain fluid; in the beginning, this was also due to the scant resources, intermediate forms were created, such as speech performances by, for example, Rabih Mroué or Walid Raad. Apart from the catalogs of the festival in Arabic and English (also available online), the association offers further publications and now also an archive, workrooms, and a scholarship program.