Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

Materials: 2 x 1.8m (diameter) spheres with dual HD projection with media players playing a 16 minute looped film with stereo sound on radio headphones. The gallery space has a red curtain and carpet with a bench

Works by Ryan Gander, Rebecca Horn, Laure Prouvost, and Lindsay Seers | Curated by Marwan T. Assaf

Fleeting Exits is a group exhibition that brings together works that draw on notions of gender, escape, and liberation. Spanning from theatrical installation to robotic sculptures, these works transform into a microcosm of poetic biographies pushing the spectator to expand their understanding of identity.

Lindsay Seers’ Entangled² (Theater II) (2013) is a film projected onto a pair of oversized eyeballs in an enclosed theatrical space draped in red upholstery. In this microcosm, an intriguing impersonator narrates stories in a vaudeville-style setting.

Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost’s Metal Woman, Welcome Deep Travel Ink. NYC (2018) is a humanoid robotic sculpture that addresses the viewer with an uncanny, tranquil female voice. She offers the possibility of escape through a “Deep Travel” agency.

Rebecca Horn’s kinetic sculpture Mr. and Mrs. Brown (1990) also hints at the irony of repetition: a pair of metal legs is on an endless and pointless walk while tethered to a wall. Two metal rods with shoe trees, in lieu of legs and feet, tramp in place in a jerky movement with a mechanical whirring sound.

Ryan Gander’s sculpture Forces Outside of You (Because you cede your life decisions and consequences to forces outside of you) (2017) consists of a short flight of stairs leading to a large luminous door which suggests a grand entry into somewhere else.

About the curator

Marwan T. Assaf is a collector and art researcher based in Beirut. He received an MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London in 2006.

Animation by Keith Sargent and Lindsay Seers, filming, edting and post production Lindsay Seers with Tom Wright, sound by Lindsay Seers, Pendle Poucher, installation design Lindsay Seers, set-up by Anne Nesbit and Sursock Museum