For several years now, the artist and filmmaker Ahmad Ghossein has been splashing around in the psyche of Southern Lebanon, that swath of politically volatile, frequently war-ravaged, and always incongruously verdant countryside squished between Syria, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea. Think rolling hills, parasol pines, premodern poverty, Hezbollah, and the mini castle mansions of the nouveaux riches. In videos such as The Fourth Stage and the performance When the Ventriloquist Came and Spoke to Me, both 2015, Ghossein has delved into the ways the territory can be known, imagined, and mythologized. His work, always playful on one level to mask the seriousness of his purpose on another, tacks from the magical and wondrous to the arcana of politicized public art and militant architecture.
For “There Is No Right or Wrong Here,” his first solo exhibition at a gallery in Lebanon,
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