The Beirut Art Center is presenting two exhibitions devoted to documentary and the complex relationship between art and conflict. For Jananne Al-Anie and Eric Baudelaire, landscape plays an essential role. The Iraqi video artist takes inspiration from her personal experience in the Middle East. She uses the landscape as a tool to reassert her identity. Her series Shadow Sites is also on display in London as part of the exhibition Light from the Middle East. The photographs are an aerial montage evocative of military reconnaissance missions. They reveal a desert that dashes the fantasy of sandy virgin dunes. Here the desert is dotted with buildings from different eras.
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