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CIVIL LOVE IS THE HOPE FOR A UNIFIED TOMORROW.

WE, THE PEOPLE, BELIEVE IN A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE.

WE RECOGNIZE THAT LOVE IS AN ELECTRIFYING FORCE THAT TAKES US ALL TO ONE DIVINE PARTY.

WE HOLD THE RIGHT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH WHOMEVER OUR PRETTY HEARTS DESIRE.

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WE NO LONGER SEE FIRST AND LAST NAME BECAUSE TOGETHER, OUR HEADS TURN TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

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FIRST, WE MAKE
LOVIN’ ART

THE CIVIL LOVE EXHIBITION AT BEIRUT DESIGN WEEK WAS THE PRODUCT OF A COLLABORATION WITH RENOWNED LEBANESE PHOTOJOURNALISTS AND CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS. TOGETHER THEY REVISITED ICONIC PHOTOS WITH A SPLASH OF CIVIL LOVE.

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The Artworks

ANDREA
TERZIAN
Andrea Terzian is a Lebanese designer who is passionate about collage art, and sees it as a true form of expression. She believes in the everlastingness of things. That’s why she looks for uniqueness in each piece of work. To her, designers have an opportunity to create social impact, to be the voice of many and initiate change by imagining a world of the possible.

In collaboration with

Patrick
Baz
Patrick Baz is French-Lebanese, born in Beirut in 1963. He was twelve when war broke out in Lebanon in 1975. Living close to the Muslim-Christian demarcation line, Baz was inspired to take up photography at an early age. Between 1980 and 1988, he worked as a freelance photojournalist. In 1989, Agence France-Presse gave him the opportunity to cover the First Intifada in Gaza and the West Bank. He covered the First Gulf War in 1990, and later conflicts in Kurdistan, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and more. Baz was appointed AFP’s photo manager for MENA in 1996, but continued to cover conflict zones until 2014. In 2016 he was appointed head of AFP-services for the MENA region.
Katya
Traboulsi
Katya Traboulsi is a Beirut-based multimedia artist whose practice is characterized by her emotional confrontation with the effects of the Lebanese Civil War. Both her painting and sculptural works are characterized by her bold use of color which disrupts the viewer’s expectations of the dark subject matter. Her solo exhibition Perpetual Identities (2007) presented 46 adorned handcrafted replicas of Lebanese war bombshells, transforming destructive military objects into ornate vessels. In 2013, Traboulsi published Generation War, tracing the story of photojournalists during the Civil War during the 1980s.

In collaboration with

Roger
Moukarzel
Globally recognized photographer, Roger Moukarzel, has been working in the world of image since he was 15 years old. He started as a war photographer in the 80s for Sygma and Reuters, and had his work published in a variety of newspapers and magazines worldwide, namely the Washington Post and Newsweek. It was initially Beirut that provided his subject: capturing the harsh reality of conflict with integrity and emotional poignancy. Messages of acceptance, tolerance, preservation, respect, freedom and diversity dominate Moukarzel’s work.
Ali
El Sayed
Saudi-born, Palestinian refugee, Ali El Sayed, moved to Lebanon to study Graphic Design which soon became his passion. He began his career in Editorial Design and moved to branding, digital media, and advertising when he joined Interesting Times and become Head of Art. Ali is the creator of Audio Kultur magazine which became the voice of the underground music scene. His contribution to the industry is largely made through innovations in visual design. Although he has won numerous awards in his field, this is actually Ali’s very first installation in an art exhibition.

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George
Azar
George Azar has covered the Middle East as a photojournalist, writer and documentary filmmaker for three decades. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed books Palestine, A Photographic Journey and Palestine, A Guide, which was co-authored with Mariam Shahin. His documentary films appear regularly on the Al Jazeera English, Arabic & documentary channels, as well as Vice News and BBC Arabic. Azar’s photographs have appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The London Times and other leading newspapers and magazines. His films and documentaries have earned him multiple esteemed awards throughout the years. He is the subject of the autobiographical documentary ‘Beirut Photographer’.
Gab
Ferneine

Gabriel Ferneiné is a visual & motion designer based in Beirut who crafts multimedia techniques for both experimental and corporate work. His fantastical and impactful work sparks curiosity and conversation with a focus on locally relevant messages.

In collaboration with

George
Azar
George Azar has covered the Middle East as a photojournalist, writer and documentary filmmaker for three decades. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed books Palestine, A Photographic Journey and Palestine, A Guide, which was co-authored with Mariam Shahin. His documentary films appear regularly on the Al Jazeera English, Arabic & documentary channels, as well as Vice News and BBC Arabic. Azar’s photographs have appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The London Times and other leading newspapers and magazines. His films and documentaries have earned him multiple esteemed awards throughout the years. He is the subject of the autobiographical documentary ‘Beirut Photographer’.
Thierry
Van Biessen

Of Lebanese and Belgian origin, Thierry Van Biesen was born and raised in Lebanon and was 10 years old when the Lebanese Civil War began. The surrounding horrors then prompted him to develop a way of seeing that was unusually optimistic and uplifting. Soon after Thierry’s vision was recognized, he collaborated with major fashion magazines such as ELLE Japan, Madame Figaro and Marie-Claire. The recognition that his fashion photography brought him attracted worldwide clients including Sony, Amazon, Fiat and Guinness.

In collaboration with

Patrick
Baz
Patrick Baz is French-Lebanese, born in Beirut in 1963. He was twelve when war broke out in Lebanon in 1975. Living close to the Muslim-Christian demarcation line, Baz was inspired to take up photography at an early age. Between 1980 and 1988, he worked as a freelance photojournalist. In 1989, Agence France-Presse gave him the opportunity to cover the First Intifada in Gaza and the West Bank. He covered the First Gulf War in 1990, and later conflicts in Kurdistan, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and more. Baz was appointed AFP’s photo manager for MENA in 1996, but continued to cover conflict zones until 2014. In 2016 he was appointed head of AFP-services for the MENA region.
Jules
Bakhos
After two sold out exhibitions in Lebanon, Lebanese contemporary artist Jules Bakhos most recently finished up a new exhibition entitled Paperplanes in London. Bakhos has always been drawn to iconography of popular culture and mass media as he believes it dictates a sense of identity, which he found himself reflecting on via drawing and collage. Beirut resembles the layered surfaces of the work he produces; it serves as his main source of inspiration as a place in which ideas are meeting and clashing constantly.

In collaboration with

Patrick
Baz
Patrick Baz is French-Lebanese, born in Beirut in 1963. He was twelve when war broke out in Lebanon in 1975. Living close to the Muslim-Christian demarcation line, Baz was inspired to take up photography at an early age. Between 1980 and 1988, he worked as a freelance photojournalist. In 1989, Agence France-Presse gave him the opportunity to cover the First Intifada in Gaza and the West Bank. He covered the First Gulf War in 1990, and later conflicts in Kurdistan, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and more. Baz was appointed AFP’s photo manager for MENA in 1996, but continued to cover conflict zones until 2014. In 2016 he was appointed head of AFP-services for the MENA region.
Roger
Moukarzel
Globally recognized photographer, Roger Moukarzel, has been working in the world of image since he was 15 years old. He started as a war photographer in the 80s for Sygma and Reuters, and had his work published in a variety of newspapers and magazines worldwide, namely the Washington Post and Newsweek. It was initially Beirut that provided his subject: capturing the harsh reality of conflict with integrity and emotional poignancy. Messages of acceptance, tolerance, preservation, respect, freedom and diversity dominate Moukarzel’s work.
Yasmina
Hilal
Yasmina Hilal is an experimental Lebanese filmmaker, mixed media artist, and photographer. Her work is heavily concentrated on Mixed Media arts and the use of non-conventional objects. She hopes to continue establishing her craft both internationally and in her homeland while creating a world of imagery that invokes a need for social justice.

In collaboration with

Roger
Moukarzel
Globally recognized photographer, Roger Moukarzel, has been working in the world of image since he was 15 years old. He started as a war photographer in the 80s for Sygma and Reuters, and had his work published in a variety of newspapers and magazines worldwide, namely the Washington Post and Newsweek. It was initially Beirut that provided his subject: capturing the harsh reality of conflict with integrity and emotional poignancy. Messages of acceptance, tolerance, preservation, respect, freedom and diversity dominate Moukarzel’s work.
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THEN, WE UNITE
ON THE
DANCE FLOOR

WE PARTIED CIVIL LOVE STYLE AT THE
COTTON CANDY X
BEIRUT DESIGN WEEK X ABSOLUT
CLOSING PARTY.

‘CAUSE AT NIGHT, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU’RE FROM AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES CIVIL LOVIN’ OH SO SWEET.

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CIVIL MARRIAGE MAKING WAVES IN LEBANON

On September 8, 2018, we brought unconditional civil marriage the closest it’s ever been to Lebanon. Tarek & Anastacia had a civil marriage on a sailboat, 12 miles off the coast of Lebanon in international waters. With the brave couple, #CivilLove made a statement all Lebanese could rejoice in.

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