BEIRUT: It’s common knowledge that body language can communicate as much or more than words. Whether subconscious or intentional, gestures and expressions can convey messages silently, or temper the meaning of the phrases someone utters aloud. For some video artists working in the Mideast, North Africa and South Asia, the human body has become a tool with which to avoid censorship while conveying sociopolitical views.

Silke Schmickl, co-founder and director of Lowave, a Paris-based publishing house for experimental cinema and platform for curatorial research in the field of moving images, drew some deserved attention to the burgeoning regional video art scene at the fifth edition of the Beirut Art Fair over the weekend, with a selection of 16 short works from the MENASA region.

Nic Cha Kim

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