From March 28 to July 28, 2019, the Institute of Cultures of Islam presents “C’est Beyrouth”, exhibition curated by Sabyl Ghoussoub.
The works of sixteen photographers and videographers testify to the place of the individual, religion and community in Beirut today, since the Israeli-Lebanese conflict of 2006.
In the course of the meetings which punctuate this cultural season, C’est Beyrouth gives to see differently the upheavals and effervescence of the Lebanese society. Today we invite you to an interview with Patrick Baz who was interested in Christians of Lebanon.
What did you think of the expression Christians in Lebanon before following this community for two years?
The expression Christians of Lebanon evoked for me a community, a politico-religious group and as often read and seen in the media “a minority in the process of disappearing”.
And after finishing the series?
My deep conviction is that this community is very different from other Christian communities in the region and is here to stay.
Did you feel a difference in practice between Christians in Beirut and those in the rest of Lebanon?
There are no major differences in faith and practice between the capital and rural areas. Let’s say there are more spaces for ostentatious expression in the villages. Also the geographical situation and the division of the country encourages community partitioning.