American Deputy Chief of Mission Danny Hall inaugurated the Hayati (My Life) exhibit today at Club Minus 1 in Beirut. Speaking to a diverse audience that included NGO officials, artists, and the photographers and their families, he emphasized the importance of art in bringing people together, and the Embassy’s enthusiastic support for these kinds of cultural programs here in Lebanon.
The Hayati project was made possible by the U.S. Embassy in Beirut partnering with the NGO Cives Mundi to bring these talented young people from Bar Elias in Zahle together for photography and videography workshops and entrepreneurial training. The group included Lebanese as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugees, working together in the classroom to learn photography and videography skills. The participants then took their cameras home to their communities to capture images of their daily lives. Today’s exhibit displayed 36 of their photos and three of their short videos examining their daily experiences and showcasing their artistic talents. The project also published a book about the program.
The exhibit will run from March 10-17, 2016 from 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM at Club Minus 1.
For more information about the exhibition and the Hayati program, please contact U.S. Embassy Beirut at BeirutPD@state.gov