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.
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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