Before the Cypress Broke

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Void is delighted to partner with the Beirut Art Residency (BAR) on the exhibition Before the Cypress Broke, a fundraising exhibition that was initiated in response to the recent catastrophic events that have taken place in Beirut, Lebanon.


Bringing together works by contemporary Lebanese artists and past BAR artists-in-residence, the exhibition will combine works on paper, photography and video works depicting personal investigations of artists in relation to the city.


The title of the show refers to a poem by Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish entitled The Cypress Broke, in which the aftermath of an event is being questioned while life continues its course.


Responding to the escalating landscape of socio-political events, the works in the exhibition form a narrative of their own, reaching up to this year’s tipping point. Before the Cypress Broke explores the tensions, ruins, and monuments that characterise the country and have become definitive of the overall region throughout the past decades.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a film programme as well as a digital communication programme.


Since 2015, the Beirut Art Residency is dedicated to supporting the production and dissemination of contemporary art through residencies, local exhibitions and public interventions. BAR has added profound vibrancy, sustainability and spotlight to the local art scene, creating bridges between the artists in Beirut and the global art community.

* The proceeds from the sales of works will go towards the participating artists and the BAR Support Fund


BAR Support Fund


The BAR Support Fund will provide local emerging artists with small grants in order to assist their production needs for 2021. The Support Fund will first and foremost enable emerging artists – including fine art students – to cover the costs of materials and logistics associated with art production and proliferation.


For more information please visit their website.


Photo credit: Ayla Hibri




Void Gallery is supported using public funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Enkalon Foundation, Ragdoll Foundation, COVID 19 Charities Fund, Art Fund, and Garfield Weston Foundation.