sleepingwiththeenemyproduction is an art collective that aims to defy our understanding of what an “artist” is supposed to be. As the name suggests, the artists took off the cloak of individuality to create a space where solidarity is a priority, where, in a manner of speaking, ‘sleeping with the enemy’ (i.e. collaborating with fellow artists) is the only way forward in times of uncertainty.
Since its founding, the collective has done four productions with up to 10 participating artists. The productions typically last a full month and are split into two phases. During the first phase, the participating artists immerse themselves in a temporary shared studio over the course of three weeks to create works on paper, all the while opening up their artistic processes to the public. Once that is over, the works that were created in that space are exhibited for the length of a week. And when the temporary space is no longer in use, the remaining works are sold through this website.
The only binding rules of the collective are:
Prices are unified among artists.
Proceeds are equally divided among the participants in the production.
The entire body of work belongs to all the participants in the production, equally.
b. 1992, Lebanon.
Lynn Modallal is a Beirut-based visual artist and artistic manager. Modallal graduated with a BA in Filmmaking from the University of St. Joseph (USJ) in 2015 and since, has been keen on transforming the Lebanese art scene to be more accessible. Her experience in artistic management kicked off with managing multiple festivals such as ‘Beirut Cinema Days’ and heading the music department of the TV show ‘The Voice’, before becoming a segment director on several international shows that led her most recently to Hong Kong and La Reunion Island. After managing ‘Plan Bey’, an art gallery and publishing house in Beirut, Lebanon, Modallal founded ‘analoggeneration', an online gallery that promotes film photography from all around the world. Most recently she co-curated a sleepingwiththeenemyproduction exhibition ‘Mamnou3 El Tehzib’ that included an interactive live painting experience with 9 local artists.
b. 1992, Lebanon.
Zalfa Halabi graduated with a BA in Studio Arts from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2013, followed by an MFA in Art Writing from the School of Visual Arts in New York (SVA, NYC) in 2016. She is currently based in Beirut, Lebanon, where she covers art exhibitions and interviews artists from the Middle East for multiple publications in Lebanon and abroad. She worked as an advertising copywriter for J. Walter Thompson MENA, from 2017 till 2019. She often takes on curatorial projects, her most recent endeavor includes co-curating 'Mamnou3 El Tehzib' (i.e. No room for discipline) an exhibition that showcased the works of the nascent art collective
Sleepingwiththeenemyproduction, founded in Lebanon in January 2019.
Works on Paper
All works on this website have been created during productions by the collective sleepingwiththeenemyproduction and are all original works on Schut acid free cotton 350 gm paper.
***An explosion detonated at Beirut’s shipping port on August 4, 2020, at 6:08 p.m. ... and it devastated the city. Hundreds of deaths were registered since and hundreds remain missing to this day. Over 300,000 people were displaced by the explosion and 150,000 jobs were lost, in a split of a second. As much as half of Lebanon's capital is reported to be badly damaged including a what was once well preserved heritage and cultural area. So far, signs point to a tragic, possibly careless accident that caused the detonation of more than 2,000 tons of explosive material in a warehouse near the port.
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