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  • Shuruq Harb, All the Names, 2011/2021, steel and vinyl, 9' 2 1⁄4" × 16' 6 7⁄8".

    Shuruq Harb, All the Names, 2011/2021, steel and vinyl, 9' 2 1⁄4" × 16' 6 7⁄8".

    Shuruq Harb

    Beirut Art Center

    The showstopper of Shuruq Harb’s “Ghost at the Feast” was a freestanding wall full of names and dates, 207 of them in total, placed flush on small rectangular plates made of steel, paint, and vinyl. Taller than a person and wider than a truck, the work bisected the largest exhibition hall in the Beirut Art Center, obscuring one of the doors to the venue’s theater, where rights groups such as Legal Agenda were meeting to discuss issues well beyond art. The nameplates, made in the style of the city’s neighborhood-level street signage, featured crisp white print on deep-blue backgrounds—reminiscent,

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