February 28 2011

Alongside one of the walls of the Iselp (Institut Supérieur pour l'Etude du Langage Plastique), all the windows are adorned with quotes about art and creativity. It's always struck me as a bit of a shame that the wall in question is so hidden from view, down a small alleyway, but it's a nice touch. I was at the Iselp today to see 'Ceci n'est pas Beyrouth' - a photography exhibition by Fouad Elkoury who grew up in Beirut and has returned countless times over the years to document the evolving nature of his hometown, destroyed by war and whose reconstruction has spawned a new city entirely. Definitely worth a look - his photos are a bit of a throwback to Henri Cartier Bresson, capturing "l'instant décisif'.