An installation view of Samad’s “Memorial to Wildlife,” at Saleh Barakat Gallery.
Photo courtesy of the artist
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With a wall of painted birds, Hassaan el Samad's "Memorial to Wildlife," hung in Saleh Barakat Gallery's upstairs rooms, makes a plea to the people of Lebanon to respect their environment and the creatures that inhabit it. An installation of oils dominated by depictions of lifeless birds, the show is a powerful tribute to the wide variety of avian species that inhabit or pass through Lebanon and have been decimated in what Samad sees as increasingly crude hunting practices. Samad isn't new to art about environmental decline in Lebanon. His first solo show, in 2017, looked at Lebanon's worsening trash crisis.Samad said hundreds of species of birds migrated through Lebanon or resided here full time. For him, this show is not only about exhibiting the harm done to a large number of birds, but also elevating them so that people here appreciate the beauty that continues to exist.
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