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"...this first participation of lebanon is but the natural result of the current position of our country on the regional cultural scene. the artistic and intellectual fever taking place in our country is unique in the middle east, and this surge is above all an act of openness, sharing, and trust in the future. this will to break with fate, whether as a reaction to tragedies or the result of revolt, is a break away from the inhumanity and the rejection of the other, which we witness across our borders.
today, we have a duty to best utilize our assets, by putting together our efforts, and by spreading them with the goal of multiplying them. and this is exactly what we are doing here tonight in venice, since we gather, in spite of all conflicts surrounding us, to celebrate this first participation in order to direct peoples’ bodies and souls towards one goal, that of creativity..." "...art, or architecture in the best it has to offer, have their natural place in a ministry that defends creativity, heritage, books, arts and freedom of expression. this participation is a vital breakthrough towards developing people’s artistic and cultural education..." an extract of my speech at the inauguration of the lebanese pavilion at the 2018 venice architecture biennale. first participation for lebanon. congratulations to the whole team! you make us proud. @lebanesepavilionvenice2018
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