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World Nomads Lebanon

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French Institute Alliance Française
22 East 60th Street
New York, 10065

World Nomads, FIAF’s annual exploration of transculturalism in the 21st century, is intended as a forum for dialogue between cultures. It returns this May for its third edition to focus on Lebanon, a country whose rich heritage has long captivated imaginations around the world.

All across the globe, members of the extraordinary Lebanese diaspora have broadened the cultural landscape and enriched international discourse. The powerful interplay between memory of homeland and life in new societies has shaped the work of important contemporary Lebanese artists.

World Nomads Lebanon presents a month-long series dedicated to some of the preeminent Lebanese artistic voices active in the fields of music, cinema, literature, architecture, theater, and the visual arts in the world today.

Highlighted lectures:

Bernard Khoury
Thursday, May 6 at 7pm
Tinker Auditorium - 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)
Beirut-based architect Bernard Khoury will present his built and conceptual works in Beirut. Following the lecture, Khoury will lead a conversation about the philosophy behind his work, which seeks to “reflect elements of the national character” and respond to the landscape, as well as the cultural and economic climate of the city.
 
Public Space: Memory, Boundary, Catastrophe
Thursday, May 13 at 7pm
Le Skyroom - 22 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)
Architects Roldolphe el-Khoury, Hashim Sarkis, and Makram el Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine of the New York City-based design collective L.E.FT will address questions of memory and urban trauma as they relate to divisions in the city and diminishing conditions for public space in Beirut.
Moderated by Beth Stryker
 
Modern Architecture in Beirut: Reconstruction and Cultural Identity
Thursday, May 20 at 7pm
Le Skyroom - 22 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)
Architects George Arbid, Steven Holl, WORK Architecture Company cofounders Amale Andraos and Dan Wood will explore post-civil-war planning and reconstruction, addressing questions such as historic preservation, conservation, and the conflicts inherent in the present reconstruction of Beirut.
Moderated by Ben Prosky

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