Beirut Art Space ESPACE SD Closes

by Maymanah Farhat

In an act that shocked many in the Lebanese art scene, Beirut contemporary art gallery Espace SD closed its doors in April after eight years of operation and nearly 100 exhibitions. Founder and director Sandra Dagher decided to close her multi-level commercial space in order to pursue other local and international art projects, including a planned non-profit venue devoted to contemporary art. Dagher co-curated "Forward," the inaugural Lebanon Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale this summer (see AAP 53), which brought together artists examining the country's history of political turmoil.

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