Tony Chakar

Tony Chakar | the artist

The artist Tony Chakar
Born 1968, Beirut, Lebanon.
Lives and works in Beirut, .
Style and technique of the artist: Architecture, Installation art, Writing,

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Tony Chakar
Tony Chakar is an architect, artist and writer. He has participated in many projects and exhibitions, including Once Upon a Time There Was a Mouth, São Paulo Biennial, 2002; Convulsive Fables, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (UNIA), 2001; 4 Cotton Underwear for Tony, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, 2001; All that is Solid Melts into Air, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, 2000; A Retroactive Monument for a Chimerical City, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, 1999; Come in Sir, we will Wait for you Outside, Ayloul Festival 1998…

Tony Chakar
My non-presence is not a coincidence; traveling to Hong Kong would have been difficult under the current circumstances (with which you are very familiar), but with the lifting of the Israeli siege it wouldn’t have been impossible.1 Yet I took the conscious decision not to travel abroad, not to be physically present and instead, to let my text represent me. I could try to explain my decision and this would include reasons such as not wanting to bother with the paperwork necessary to obtain the required visa, or that after weeks of constant Israeli bombardments I felt too weak to take a long flight, or too weak to explain to anyone once I arrived what had happened and why, and especially too weak, or maybe too proud, to see even the faintest hint of pity in anyone’s eyes. All of these are valid enough reasons for a person not to travel, but in fact the strongest reason for my non-appearance is more profound…

Tony Chakar
The question 'What do we need to know about the MENA region today?' triggered a series of questions from my part. My contribution will be these questions; the aim is to start a game of Q&Q (instead of a Q&A) with no rules and no time limits…

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