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04/03/2018 - 07:00hs

Exhibit portrays women in Lebanon

Photos taken by Lebanon’s Hassam Ammar depict females, including Brazilian expatriates, in positions of strength and courage. The foreign minister of Brazil will open the showing on March 6.

São Paulo – A photograph exhibit set to open on Monday (5) at Beirut’s Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center will show what life is like for women in Lebanon, including Brazilian expatriates. The showing, “The art of being a woman in Lebanon,” will feature 27 photos by Hassan Ammar of Lebanon. Brazil’s foreign minister Aloysio Nunes, who’s on an official trip to the Middle East, will launch the exhibit.

Hassan Ammar

Exhibit will feature pictures of women in Lebanon

The photographs portray women at protests, fashion shows, in the Bekaa Valley fields, etc. It was created and curated by Brazil’s Viviane Carvalho, who also invited Ammar to join the project.

Women from across Brazil who live in various locations in Lebanon were the first to be photographed. These pictures were featured in a previous showing, “Brazilian Women in Lebanon.” The new exhibit features some of those, in addition to pictures of other women.

The showing will take place at the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center, an arm of the Embassy of Brazil in Lebanon. The head of the Embassy’s Culture and Education department, Thiago Oliveira, claims the photos portray women in positions of courage and strength.

“This is a project which portrays Brazilian women, giving them visibility and putting the spotlight on the Brazilian community and the contributions it makes in Lebanon,” Oliveira said. According to him, the photos are not clichéd portrayals of what people expect to see when it comes to women in an Arab country. “They show that the problems can be overcome,” he said.

Curator Viviane Carvalho, a native of Brasília, is a civil engineer with a master’s in Public Administration. She currently lives in Lebanon, where she created e-magazine “Connection Beirut,” in addition to working on projects for the local Brazilian community.

Ammar, the photographer, has been working with Associated Press (AP) since 2008, after stints in the teams of Agence France Presse (AFP) and newspaper A’Safir. He covered conflicts in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as demonstrations in Libya, Bahrein and Egypt. Ammar also took pictures of sports events including the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

“The art of being a woman in Lebanon” is part of the celebrations of Women’s Day (March 8). The show will premiere for a select audience on March 5. It opens for the general public on March 6, from 10 am to 8 pm – the opening hours of the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center.

Besides launching the photo exhibit, foreign minister Aloysio Nunes will sit down for a meeting with the Brazilian community at the Center. He will also award diplomas to six students who have graduated from Center’s Portuguese course. A booklet on how to become an entrepreneur in Lebanon will be handed out on that same day. The subject will be addressed in a lecture at a later date.

Quick facts

Photograph exhibit
“The art of being a woman in Lebanon”
Premiere: March 5
Open to the public from March 6
Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center, 10 am to 8 pm
Free admission

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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