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At a time when Lebanon's on-going protests have acted as a melting-pot for creative thought and hope for change, Saleh Barakat Gallery's latest immersive installation by Palestinian artist Abdul Rahman Katanani seeks to analyze how past events are still effecting today. "Brainstorm" offers an exhibition in four parts, telling a story of Palestinian refugee camps, poverty and how petrol lies at the heart of the region's recent strife. Born in the Sabra refugee camp in Beirut in 1983, Katanani worked with his father to fit the metal of oil barrels onto the makeshift camp homes. It might be for a revolution in the region but at the same time was against change.Katanani has lined up nine oil barrel lids on a wall with the facial profiles of these key people cut out of the metal, rendering them faceless.One half consists of a three meter high camp, stitched together from the same bright metal, scrap wood and window shutters, for the viewer to wander into.
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