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Rachel Dedman (b.1989, London) is an independent curator and writer. Forthcoming, current and recent projects include Kindling, FotoPub (Slovenia, 2017), Midad,...

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Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts is an association promoting and producing contemporary art practices in Lebanon.


Ashkal Alwan was founded in 1994 by Christine Tohmé (Curator), Marwan Rechmaoui (Artist), Rania Tabbara (Graphic Designer and Interior Designer), Mustapha Yamout (Cultural Events Organizer) and Leila Mroueh (Communications Director).[1] Ashkal Alwan (in Arabic: forms and colors) was created in the aftermath of the Lebanese war. It is nowadays an informal and alternative platform that helps a new generation of Lebanese artists to produce and exhibit their artwork.[2]

Building a large network of local and international partner institutions,[3] Ashkal Alwan became a major and influential actor on the regional art scene, exhibiting the work of local and international artists such as Jalal Toufic, Akram Zaatari, Lamia Joreige, Walid Raad, Rabih Mroué and many others. Its director, Christine Tohmé, is ranked among the 100 most powerful people in the art world.[4]

Since its creation, Ashkal Alwan developed cultural projects in public spaces, in Lebanon and abroad. From 2002 onwards, Home Works Forum became the association's major regular event, hosting exhibitions, performances and talks.

In 2011, Ashkal Alwan inaugurated the Home Workspace in a former industrial building neighboring Beirut Art Center. The venue hosts cultural events and the Home Workspace Program, a 10 months educational program run under the direction of a different resident professor. The 2011-2012 inauguration year was under the direction of Emily Jacir.[5]

Public Programming, Workshops and Curated Projects[edit]


  • Upon a Shifting Plate, an off-site project of the Sharjah Biennial 13, co-organized with the Sharjah Art Foundation
  • Video Works 2017


  • Video Works 2016
  • Symposium on the Arabic Novel


  • Home Works 7
  • Video Works 2015
  • The Arabic Language Today and Social Media



  • Home Works 6
  • Parallel Modernities: A Sweet Sixties Conference
  • Workshop with Hu Fang and Tarek Atoui







  • Video Avril
  • Meeting Points 5 Festival




  • Laughter, in collaboration with LIFT (London International Festival of Theater)
  • My Neck Is Thinner than a Hair, a presentation by the Atlas Group (Volumes 1-21)


  • Home Works II
  • Possible Narratives, as part of Videobrasil




  • Hamra Street Project
  • Contemporary Art from Lebanon at the Borusan Sanat Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey





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