2d Skin, Manal Abu-Shaheen 
April 28 - June 16, 2019 
Opening Reception Sunday April 28, 6:00–8:00pm

348 South 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Open Saturday and Sunday from 12–5pm and by appointment

Soloway is pleased to present 2d Skin, a solo exhibition by Manal Abu-Shaheen featuring works from two ongoing photographic series based in Beirut, where she was born. 

Driven by the paucity of visual records of the social, political, and architectural changes affecting Lebanon's landscape, Abu-Shaheen has ventured to construct her own photographic archive of contemporary Beirut — a cityscape now dominated by advertising billboards importing Western ideals of luxury, happiness, and excess. 

Advertising and urban construction are two of the driving forces of Beirut’s economy today. A decade-long construction boom, aided by foreign investments and neoliberal interest, has reshaped the city, which has been rendered almost unrecognizable as historical landmarks have been erased in favor of exclusive real-estate projects.

Shot on site, Abu-Shaheen’s landscapes and street photographs explore the relationship of a transforming post-war urban setting to its billboard advertising, the latter characterized by its monumental scale and increasingly congested placement throughout Beirut. Complementing her photographic work in this study, the artist has collected digitally-rendered designs from the Beirut offices of global advertising agencies and architecture firms. These appropriated renderings (of development projects both realized and abandoned) function as an archival anthology of images created by many different authors — all of whom are invested, to varying financial and spiritual degrees, in imagining Beirut’s future. 

The exhibition takes its title from an Email exchange between Abu-Shaheen and an advertising executive who wrote her, “The world of advertising in Lebanon gives a 2d skin to the city, creating sometimes the strangest contrast ever.” Abu-Shaheen employs this description of commercial photography to chart relationships of time, history and place, while critically engaging the weight of the forces that produce systems of living in a postcolonial global environment.  

Our Land

February 4 – March 13, 2019

Public Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery

SUNY Old Westbury, Long Island, NY

Artist Talks by Manal Abu-Shaheen and Aisha Mershani, moderated by Rania Lee Khalil: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Artfare Inaugural Exhibition

February 1 - 3, 2019

9 W 8th St., New York, NY

Beirut: Theater of Dreams

Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Princeton University

Gallery Exhibition: April 23 – August 15, 2018

Artist Reception: Friday, April 27, 6 – 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


York College Fine Arts Gallery

September 14 - October 13, 2017

Reception: Thursday September 14, 12-2pm, Artist Talk: Thursday September 28, 12-2pm

York College/CUNY - 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451

Gallery entrance on Liberty Avenue btwn 160th Street and Guy Brewer Blvd.

Gallery Hours: 9:30-4:30, Monday-Friday

Beta World City


306 Market Street, Philadelphia 

April 22 - May 20, 2017


From an Object into an Active Subject

Alexander's Garage

38 Maujer St., Brooklyn, NY

Opening: March 2, 7-9pm

On View: March 2 - April 1, 2017


Familiar Stranger

A.I.R. Gallery

155 Plymouth St., Brooklyn, NY

Opening: February 9, 6-8pm

On view: February 9 - March 12, 2017


Wish You Were Here Vol. 3

Curated by Mental Health Club

Opening: February 9, 2017, 7-9pm

Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Anthology: Somewhere Not Here

Curated by Tommy Kha

Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN


Bomb Pop-Up 01

Three Day Three Story Art & Music Show

Curated by Drea Cofield

Friday Opening, July 22nd, 6-9pm

Saturday, July 23rd, 4-10pm

Sunday, July 24th, 2-6pm

1822 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Panel Discussion, No Greater Fiction 

"Thinking of Photographs: A Roundtable Discussion" with Mitra Abbaspour and Hrag Vartanian moderated by Agnes Berecz

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Catalogue, No Greater Fiction

Curated by Agnes Berecz

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Dimensions Art Journal, Vol. 6 No. 3, Spring 2011, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Artist Profile by Kelly Cannon