march, 2019

15marallday07julBaris Dogrusoz | Theater of Operations

Baris Dogrusoz Sand Storm and the Oblivion (film still), 2017 Two-channel video installation, 8'30'' Courtesy of the artist


Event Details

Working primarily with video, printed material and sculptures, Baris Dogrusoz’s work engages the circulation, protocols and function of scenarios and historical narratives in the context of “siege culture”, including “Fortress Europe”, the US/Mexico border policy, the Israeli occupation in Palestine, reframing these as tools for critical insights and analysis.

Theater of Operations is composed of two immersive environments that envisage the archaeological site of Europos Dura in Syria as a proto-fictional place where two different operations on matter, namely aggregating and digging, can be seen as acts of creation toward two potentially resistive architectural typologies: the barricade and the tunnel.

The ancient city of Europos Dura had much in common with today’s most cosmopolitan urban landscapes. Religious, linguistic, and cultural diversity characterized much of the city’s life for more than 500 years, starting at the outset of the 3rd century B.C. and located in what is now Syria. The first archeological excavations of Europos Dura took place in the 1920s during the western military and colonial presence in the region. Funded by American oil money, the excavations were often employed as instruments of soft cultural power and left a legacy for the interpretation of archeology in the collective imaginary.

In Sand Storm and the Oblivion (2017), the artist reexamines the literal undermining of walls in a two-channel installation about the ancient multicultural fortified city by looking at satellite imagery, archeological reports from French and American archeological missions in the region, and recent events.

In the newly commissioned installation, Beneath Crowded Skies (2019), the artist establishes a triangulation between the legacy of the Europos Dura excavation, the mapping of military actions in the region during the last decade, and the presence of fighters.

Theater of Operations is Baris Dogrusoz’s first solo show in Lebanon.

Courtesy of Sursock Museum.


March 15 (Friday) - July 7 (Sunday)


Sursock Museum

Sursock Museum, Greek Orthodox Archbishopric Street, Ashrafieh 2071 5509, Beirut, Lebanon


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Image: Ivan Seal, von, 2018, oil on canvas, 60 × 48 cm