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LIBALEL is landing in Beirut


After seven months of preparation, LIBALEL, a web documentary project dedicated to the young Lebanese art scene, is landing in Beirut! We would like to take this opportunity to show you what has already been achieved and what's left to do.

These first seven months of work involved an important work of exploring the art scene in Lebanon. To question the content of contemporary art practices in Lebanon, we met cultural actors, scientists and artists and shared information with them. This research has allowed us to refine our approach, to have a better conception of the writing of the web documentary and to clarify the issues at stake.
From this, we created and enriched the blog devoted to the project, where you saw our first interviews with artists, shared our reading, followed our research and browse according to our findings.
It has also been a phase of looking for partners, who are essential to the development of the project. LIBALEL is now supported in Lebanon by the French Cultural Centre and the Institute for Scenic and Audio-Visual Studies in Beirut and in France by the General Council of Val de Marne, the City of Paris and the Office Tourism of Lebanon in France.
This is a new stage!
From July 20 to August 23 2011, we will be in Lebanon, mainly in Beirut but in other places for our first period of shooting. An important and exciting program of meetings is ahead of us. Therefore, we will continue our exploration alternatively.
The portraits will be an invitation to reflect on how these young artists give life to singular artistic experimentation spaces, notably through the collection of personal stories and through critical questioning. We will question their ways of capturing a tense reality and reworking it through imagination and representation.
LIBALEL has been conceived as a collaborative and participatory space and is based on volunteering and aims to bring together various skills to enrich the project. There are a thousand ways to help: participating in the blog content, helping with the production and the post-production of the web documentary and translating. Feel free to contact us to talk it over!
We would like to thank those who follow us, help us and guide us. A special thanks to our English translator Darren Marcus and our Arabic translator Thalia Rahme who have been of tremendous help and have contributed to making the blog trilingual.
This is not the last stage!
A second period of shooting is planned for next December and January. Then we will focus on the post-production work. For the rest, LIBALEL is always looking for partners to finance post-production, to provide technical equipment and to the broadcast and promote the web documentary.
Thank you and see you soon!
Barbara Coffy and Mael Le Tolguenec

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