Beirut: the last available lies

Interview with Ghassan Halwani


Ghassan Halwani reflecting on different practices in regional activism and so-called international art and on what is hidden behind the surfaces, for example the history of thousands of people missing in Lebanon after the Civil War.

beirut, cityscape, memory, archive

Ghassan Halwani

Ghassan Halwani was born in 1979 in Beirut, where he lives and works. He studied at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut and the Université Paris VIII. After his first animated short film Jibraltar (2005) he collaborated with several Lebanese and other Arab artists, publishers, musicians and film and theatre makers: e.g. Khalil Joreige and Joanna Hadjithomas on Lebanese Rocket Society (2012), with theatre maker and artist Rabih Mroué or with the Palestinian musician Tamer Abu Ghazaleh. His first feature film Erased, _ Ascent of the Invisible premiered in 2018. Alongside his artistic work, he is a political activist and works on an archive to record the people missing following the civil war in Lebanon.

Beirut: the last available lies