“In the Presence / Absence of Mazen Kerbaj”
New and old works of Lebanese comic artist Mazen Kerbaj are displayed in a virtual exhibition tour. Kerbaj works with two themes that are common in underground comics – autobiography and politics, the blending of the personal with the historical.
The exhibition curated by Hatem Imam draws parallels between times, media and spaces. An idea, hastily scribbled on a restaurant’s placemat, can be developed in a live drawing video. It is like entering a room with a legion of Mazen Kerbajs talking, drawing, arguing and drinking together. Each one of them is the record of a particular moment and a new place, on a spectrum of sobriety, in a varying tongue and also rendered in a different medium.