Marwan Rechmaoui, C60, 2010. Installation view at Home Works 5, Beirut, 2010. Courtesy Ashkal Alwan, Beirut
The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, is a nonprofit organization based in Beirut. Since its inception in 1994, the association has committed itself to the production, facilitation, and circulation of artistic practices across a range of disciplines and media. Ashkal Alwan platforms include the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices, curated projects in Lebanon and abroad, publication of literary works and artists’ books, residency programs, art production grants, and a public research archive. Through these initiatives and others, the association has established itself as a reference within the cultural landscape of the local region and beyond.
In 2011, Ashkal Alwan launches Home Workspace, a multipurpose facility in Lebanon dedicated to interdisciplinary artistic production, research, and education. The space houses the Home Workspace Program, an eleven-month mentorship curriculum admitting fifteen Lebanese, Arab, and international participants a year.