Lebanon crisis inspires T Sakhi's Dubai Design Week installation

Lebanon crisis inspires T Sakhi's Dubai Design Week installation
Published: 31 October 2019 - 5:21 a.m.

As the crisis in Lebanon continues following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, T Sakhi Architects will exhibit an interactive installation during Dubai Design Week that tackles social barriers.

The Beirut- and Milan-based multidisciplinary architecture and interior design studio will showcase a 15m linear wall at the Lebanese Pavilion for Abwab – an architectural installation featuring firms from India, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and one of more than 200 events planned for Dubai Design Week, which runs from 11-16 November.

The present but porous installation is a direct response to the largest anti-government protests ever held in the history of Lebanon and builds on T Sakhi Architect’s socio-political work.

Titled WAL(L)TZ, it takes notes from a Lebanese society congested with physical walls and infrastructure.

And as millions of people take to the streets in Lebanon to “take down the ‘walls’ which have been erected over the past decades”, T Sakhi Architect has created a counter-intuitive installation.

“In WAL(L)TZ, we aim to represent the omnipresent socio-political barriers in Lebanon set for more than 30 years, and more specifically to highlight the strength of Lebanese citizens’ resilience in overcoming any obstacle, by transforming it to their advantage and finally celebrating their unity,” architects Tara and Tessa Sakhi.

The practice is well-known for creative socially-charged installations. Earlier this year, the company transformed dissued security infrastrcture in Beirut into public spaces.

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