Lecture by Ghassan Salhab

“When They Had Passed the Bridge, the Ghosts Came to Meet Them”

In the framework of its Syria project, the Lebanon office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung invites you to a lecture by director Ghassan Salhab in inauguration of a workshop organized by Syrian artists, dedicated to the role of art in times of crisis.


In times of crisis and war, art plays an important role in overcoming and handling loss, and in creating an identity. Art is a means against social alienation and for bridging communication gaps. Since the beginning, the Syrian uprising and its later development into a political, social and humanitarian crisis have been accompanied by an art movement. In a short period of time, the political and social appreciation of art has been transformed, and the role of the artist has gained in importance.

The meeting of nine Syrian artists is expected to further creative exchange and self-reflection. The results of the workshop will be presented to the public at Mansion from 27th to 30th September 2014.

Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab (author of Beyrouth Fantôme and Terra Incognita) will give a lecture on his conception of art and its impact on the process of overcoming the Lebanese civil war (1975 – 1990). Beyrouth Fantôme will be shown prior to the lecture at 5pm.

Please find more information on our partner Mansion’s website.

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Mansion, Zuqaq al-Blat, Beirut


Hana Nasser