Join the Mosaic Rooms month at their 226 Cromwell Road cultural hub for I Spy With My Little Eye – A New Generation of Beirut Artists, part of the Shubbak Festival.

Eye SpyI Spy with My Little Eye… explores the practices of a new generation of artists most of whom are in their late twenties to early thirties. All of them were born after the break out of the war in 1975, and thus none of them have experienced the time of peace and prosperity preceding the war. Some in this group don’t remember the Civil War at all, and those who do could have no adult recollection of the conflict that ended in 1990.

With materials that range from intimate personal memorabilia to the unconfined elements of nature, their work is imbued with a sense of fleetness, transience and fragility. In performances and installations that recruit conceptual and formal elements from painting, photography, sculpture and film, they are choosing to tease out the conventional boundaries that define the different disciplines from which they borrow.

The exhibition employs the metaphor of the game by which children secretively choose objects within their surrounding, highlighting the role of these artists as clandestine observers rather than public commentators. I Spy with My Little Eye… provides the artists with an opportunity to showcase their works within a generational context suggesting the rise of a young movement marked by new formal and semantic concerns.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Caline Aoun, George Awde, Mirna Bamieh, Nour Bishouty, Pascal Hachem, Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros, Aya Haidar, Geörgette Power, Joe Namy, Stéphanie Saadé, Siska, Lara Tabet and Tala Worrell.

The exhibition runs from July 11-22, from 11am-6pm and is free to visit.

Private View: Friday 10 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Free

Curators’ Tour: (Saturday 11 July, 12:00 – 1:00pm) Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath discuss the works and practices of the artists. Free

Artists’ Talk: (Thursday 16 July, 7:00 – 8:00pm) Some of the exhibiting artists discuss their work and practices.  Further details will be posted shortly. Free

Institutions and Emerging Artists: (Sat 25 July, 12-1pm) A discussion on the role of open submission exhibitions and awards for emerging artists in the region. Free