Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’ at the Beirut Exhibition Centre

Fadia Haddad

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Annabel Daou – Photo Courtesy of CommunicArt

Galal Mahmoud, founder of GM Architects, a Beirut based architectural firm, is proud to be involved in the design of the scenography for ‘HeartLand’, an exhibtion taking place at the Beiruit Exhibition Centre until November 29. Curated by Joanna Abou Sleiman Chevalier, ‘HeartLand’ will draw on the artists’ nostalgia for their homeland.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Fadia Haddad – Photo Courtesy of CommunicArt

The exhibition will showcase a variety of works by students from the University of ALBA (Lebanese Academy of Fine-Art), which will illustrate each artists own experiences and present the complexity of the country itself through mediums such as sound, painting, photography and film.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
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Galal Mahmoud in collaboration with the students of the University of ALBA, will create the ‘womb’, a matrix through which visitors will have the feeling of entering the belly of the Earth.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige – Photo Courtesy of CommunicArt

This setting will accentuate the relationship between the artists and their motherland. The exhibition will have a particular poignancy for scenographer Galal Mahmoud.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
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With an international career spanning over 20 years, Galal left Paris and returned to Lebanon in 1996, with the ambition to start a new architectural firm in Lebanon’s emerging market.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
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Inundated with work, Galal made a name for himself in Lebanon’s architectural field with projects such as the Crown Plaza Hotel in West Beirut and three landmark restaurant designs: Circus, Noodle and AJA.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
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His latest projects include a renovation of the distinguished hotel, Le Bristol, which opened on the eve of its 65th anniversary and the Museum of Civilizations, a project first presented by Galal Mahmoud at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, that brought together all of the cultural aspects in Beirut’s history.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Nadim Asfar – Photo Courtesy of CommunicArt

His vision and experience combined with his multi-cultural sensitivity have ensured GM Architect’s success, gaining international recognition in just 10 years. Source and Photo Courtesy of CommunicArt.

Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
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Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Rayyane Tabet – Photo Courtesy of CommunicArt
Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Simone Fattal – Photo Courtesy of CommunicArt
Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Image © GM Architects
Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Image © GM Architects
Galal Mahmoud designs scenography for ‘HeartLand’
Image © GM Architects

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