Speakers: Luc Bachelot, Philippe Charlier, Karina El Helou, Assad Seif, Elena Sorokina, Margarete Van Ess, Nigel Tallis, Marc-Olivier Whaler
Venue: Sursock Museum, Beirut
in partnership with Unesco Beirut Office and Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon
The conference explored notions of iconoclasm through the present destruction of artifacts and monuments happening in the Middle East and the role of archaeology in contemporary art.
What inspires contemporary artists and archaeologists to ‘dig’ into the past, to study archaeological methods, to rewrite and reinterpret history. Where does this urge to unveil the mystery of silent objects through layers of narratives and sometimes fiction originate? Apart from tourism, there is a need to integrate this obsolete past in our daily lives and to justify their existence in our Museums. In the post-colonial studies, archaeology could be interpreted differently through the role that Museums can play in re-defining the past and the future.