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Before the Cypress Broke

Before the Cypress Broke

Ali Cherri, Ayla Hibri, Charbel Haber, Daniele Genadry, Fiona Ones, Gregory Buchakjian & Valérie Cachard, Hussein Nassereddine, Jacques Vartabedian, Omar Khouri, Salah Missi, Sandrine Pelletier, Sirine Fattouh & Stéphanie Dadour, Ziad Antar


In partnership with 

Beirut Art Residency


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.


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 at www.beirutartresidency.com.


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

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