Return To Beirut

Last spring, Hassan Arouni visited Beirut to explore its thriving contemporary art scene.

One year on, he returns to Lebanon to ask how the rising tensions of the last 12 months have affected the lives and work of Beirut's artists, and how the city itself has been transformed.

Hassan meets artists who are showing at the Venice Biennale, the first time that Lebanon has been represented at the international art exhibition.

However, the creation of the Lebanese National Pavilion has proved controversial: what kind of art and which artists can best represent this increasingly fractured nation?

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Last spring, Hassan Arouni visited Beirut to explore its thriving contemporary art scene.

One year on, he returns to Lebanon to ask how the rising tensions of the last 12 months have affected the lives and work of Beirut's artists, and how the city itself has been transformed.

Hassan meets artists who are showing at the Venice Biennale, the first time that Lebanon has been represented at the international art exhibition.

However, the creation of the Lebanese National Pavilion has proved controversial: what kind of art and which artists can best represent this increasingly fractured nation?