Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mixed Feelings in Pictures: A Look at Racism and ‘Othering’ in Lebanon from a Lebanese Perspective

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JUNE 2012, BEIRUT – Through a subtle combination of images and words, Mixed Feelings aims at highlighting the issue of racism in contemporary Lebanon through its Lebanese participants.

A collaboration by photographer Marta Bogdanska and copywriter/activist Nisreen Kaj, Mixed Feelings invites you to question ideas of ‘race’, racialization and ‘othering’, and how these factors play into the perceptions of who belongs in the country and who does not.

The exhibition launch will take place at 6 PM, June 27, at Dar Al Mussawir, Wardeyyeh, Hamra. There will be a panel discussion at 7 PM with Nadim Houry from Human Rights Watch, Lala Arabian from Insan Association and Rana Boukarim from Anti-Racism Movement. The project is in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Middle East Office.


At the core of the discourse on racism in Lebanon is the template narrative of ‘us’ versus ‘the outsiders’, of the existence of two homogeneous and separate units with no room to explore any other position or experience with racism in the country.

Within this framework, Lebanese of mixed heritage have found themselves cast aside as a subaltern group. Yet, they are also, in varying degrees and through unique as well as shared experiences, the victims of race thinking, racialization and racism in Lebanon. What this exclusion from Lebanon’s discourse on racism highlights is a need to clear the space for multiple voices.

Mixed Feelings is inspired by ideas of [mistaken] identity and the multiplicity of factors that come into play when looking at racism and ‘othering’. It showcases 30 portraits of Lebanese from African and Asian heritage, as well as 17 quotes taken from interviews conducted with some of the participants.


Marta Bogdanska
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Nisreen Kaj
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