View of “Setareh Shahbazi,” 2010.

View of “Setareh Shahbazi,” 2010.

Setareh Shahbazi

98Weeks Project Space

View of “Setareh Shahbazi,” 2010.

Toying as they did with notions of time, space, depth, distance, and displacement, the works that made up Setareh Shahbazi’s first solo exhibition in Beirut could more accurately be considered a single installation functioning as a spatial intervention. The 98Weeks Project Space, run by the cousins Marwa and Mirene Arsanios, is essentially a hole-in-the-wall, a tiny storefront in the neighborhood of Mar Mikhael, with a bathroom and a set of stairs leading to a study area furnished with shelves, makeshift tables, and mismatched chairs.

Although Shahbazi was once aligned with one of Lebanon’s leading galleries, Sfeir-Semler, she says that at this point in her career she prefers to realize new work in more ephemeral, less institutional spaces, where more playful experimentation is possible. She also lives upstairs from 98Weeks, and that helped turn “I’m Glad That Things Have Changed”

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