April 6, 2022
May 28, 2022
"Disruption Rhapsody", a collective showby (alphabetical order) Mohammed Joha, Lola Sementsova, Shawki Youssef.
"The tragedy of modern man is not that heknows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers himless and less."
- Vaclav Havel, Letters to Olga, 1988
"Disruption Rhapsody" shows the work ofthree artists represented by Beirut Contemporary on the processing ofdisruptive experiences, mainly war inflicted, and / or following the loss ofloved-ones, home and safety.
Looking backwards, reflecting, thinking andchoosing another path other than following a cycle of disruption andcounter-disruption, proving inner development as a viable option. Lookingbackwards to go forward, awarded with newly acquired strength and inspiration,making thrilling art as an expression of the deep-rooted human desire to riseabove chaos and misery.
Lola Sementsova, Mohammed Joha and ShawkiYoussef describe the circle of disruption-trauma healing, from shock and anger,through mourning and sadness, to a level of acceptance that allows us to liveon and build positive future scenarios. Doing this, despite all, or maybe becauseof the accumulated, deepened human humbleness and strength.
Mounting up to the capacity of meditation toembrace the traces of what once was a painful existential threat.
The exhibition is a celebration of the capacityto extend beyond disruption, by employing archaic and effective means of usingthe brain to deal with emotion and using emotion to stimulate the brain.
It is a celebration of the ability to create,move further on a positive and curious notion by sheer willpower, to remind usthat there is Beauty in who we are, even if we employ ugly means, it is aboutthe human soul being a steadily rising continuity, rather than a disruptiveelement.
"Disruption Rhapsody" is a tribute toa meaningful Life, amidst all the chaos, and a tribute to outstanding art.